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30 May 2010


I have often railed against the iconostasis in an Orthodox church as breaking the community in half. But I am half suspecting there may be good reasons for keeping it – providing you have proper control of who is in the altar (and are not babysitting your local priest’s disinterested pubescent sons). Simply it gives just that more space for the priest or those with him find themselves drawn into a greater depth of prayer. Sophrony/Silouane speak tellingly of a deeper level of Christianity, not accessible to the normal flock, where one can be drawn intimately into the presence of the Trinity and also into Christ's sacrifice, in particular the priest. In a sense, the priest is ‘entering into the cloud’ for his people. It is therefore perhaps not wrong, if one has a good deacon or two, that the priest himself appears only rarely.

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