The Front Vestibule or Narthex

on Saturday, 31 March 2012. Posted in Church History

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It lies at the west end of the church, where there is usually the Mandatum Tank, a shallow rectangular basin sunken the floor, and now covered over by wooden boards. This tank was formerly used for the service of foot-washing on Maundy Thursday, on Epiphany Eve and on the feast of the disciples. This custom has now ceased, and a small portable tank is today used for this service.

The choir

on Wednesday, 28 March 2012. Posted in Church History

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This lies at the east end of the nave and stands before the central sanctuary of the church. It consists of seats for the deacons and cantors who participate with the priests or bishops during the Service or the Holy liturgy. In the same place are lecterns from which the lessons are read and within which the Bibles and Gospels are kept. There are also in most cases some bronze candelabra and chandellers.

The Hanging "Suspended" Church Known as "Al Moallaka Church

on Friday, 06 December 2013. Posted in Church History

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This church which is consecrated to the Virgin Mary was known as the Hanging church. It is thus called so it is built over the Roman fortress on top of which has been put palm trees wood with a layer of stones over the fortress to be the ground of the church so the hanging church is the unique church without domes, it has a wooden roof in the shape of Noah's Ark. It is known that Noah's Ark is one of the symbols which representing the church of salvation. It is commonly known that this church goes back to the late third century and the beginning of the fourth century A.D.

The Nave of The Church And The Two Aisles

on Saturday, 31 March 2012. Posted in Church History

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These two aisles are separated from the nave by means of columns, usually of marbles, surmounted by capitals ornamented with Corinthian decoration. These columns are composed of two rows equal in number one on the left. In the nave there is a small marble or stone basin sunk in the floor which was formerly employed for the service of foot-washing on Maundy Thursday. The priest of the church used to wash the feet of the congregation on these days in commemoration of what the Lord Jesus the Christ did in washing the feet of his on disciples. Near the end of the nave lies pulpit which is set against the colonnade of the north aisle. This pulpit is a remarkably artistic piece of workmanship of fine marble ornamented with carvings and mosaics, and it rests upon a group of delicate marble columns. The nave usually has wagon vaulted roof.

The Three Sanctuaries

on Friday, 06 December 2013. Posted in Church History

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These stand at the east end of the church, and they are usually covered with lofty domes. The central sanctuary is the principal chapel, and it is dedicated to the saint after whom the church is named, it includes the main altar. These sanctuaries are covered with delicate wooden iconostases which are composed of fine panels inlaid with little sheets of carved ivory or ebony with geometrical and floral designs in relief. They form in general remarkable scenes that attract the attention and prove the high degree of refinement.