ON THE DIVINE LITURGY
The ALTAR corresponds to the
holy tomb of Christ. This was prefigured when the blood of the lamb turned
the destroyer away from the homes of the Israelites while in Egypt.
"For Christ, our Pasch has been sacrificed for us." The altar is
the heavenly and spiritual altars where priests serve God.
The BEMA or sanctuary, where the
throne of Christ presides, is a reminder of the second coming when Christ
will sit on His throne to judge the world.
The ENTABLATURE is a decoration
representing a depiction of the crucified Christ.
The CHANCEL BARRIERS indicate
the place of prayer; the outside is for the people, the inside is for the
priest or canon or contemplative nuns.
The AMBO represents the stone on
which the angel sat after he rolled it away from the door of the sepulchre
proclaiming the resurrection of the Lord.
PRAYING towards the EAST, which
was handed down by the apostles, is because Christ appeared on earth in
On Sunday worship and prayers,
Christians DO NOT KNEEL as a sign that our fall has been corrected through
the resurrection of Christ on the third day.
St. Germanus, "On the