The Greek or Eastern Orthodox Church holds a great belief in the
“word-picture” of the church having believers in heaven as well as on
earth, spanning time as well as space. The worship is incredibly
spiritual and mysterious and a huge amount of incense and candles
contribute to this by setting a frightfully heavenly aurora. Much
belief relies on traditional methods of the church and what ideas have
been passed down through generations and are drawn also from the Holy
Scriptures. Both of these can be seen through the way the actual
church as building is designed and decorated.
The ceiling is a great dome, which is there to represent heaven.
Usually pictures of Jesus and his mother are found upon it. The floor
symbolises earth and the nave is in the shape of a square which, is to
show Gods orderly world and each of its corners that are in
remembrance of the four evangelists. The real thing that strikes you
when you first enter a Greek Orthodox Church is the huge wooden or
stone screen, separating the nave and sanctuary usually about five
panels high. It is the iconostasis and is covered in beautiful,
colourful icons and in the centre of it are the royal doors. These are
only passed through by the elected priest (chosen as Gods
representative) and ordained clergy who prepare the Divine Liturgy
upon the high altar to be taken out for the communion ceremony. The
royal doors usually carry icons of the evangelists and Annunciation.
There are side doors to the iconostasis which are used by the deacons
and servers and they sometimes show the archangels Michael and Gabriel ...
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... feel as though they are in the presence of God whilst in worship. This
alone may be a very special feeling.
The reason for there being so many different types of Christian
churches is that in 1054 the Great Schism took place separating
eastern Christianity and western Christianity and then new churches
began to form such as Protestant from the Roman Catholic church and
all the different Orthodox churches formed.
The churches that I chose to study ways of worship and its meaning
have some relevance in comparison to each other, for example the way
the seven sacraments are used and the way the services are made as
Godly as possible through incense, candles, icons, etc…… These manage
to settle people’s worries with prayer, help cure disease through God
and settle disagreements using the bibles teaching.
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