One of my favorite icons was of St. Rapheal because it had a reliquary built in. An icon reliquary is a recessed hole filled with a relic from the saint like a little piece of garment or bone. Here is the whole St. Raphael piece:
This is another icon with a reliquary:
This is a close up of the Holy Doors on the iconostasis (photo by Kaye Smith):
Icons of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John on the Holy Doors.
Did you know that the peacock was an early religious symbol? Because of a belief that the peacock’s flesh did not decay after death, the peacock became a symbol of Christ, and, as such, early Christian paintings and mosaics use peacock imagery. Here is a detail of the peacocks on the Holy Doors:
Here is the rear wall of the Nave. Through the doors is the Narthex. (web site photo)
Icons like this one were painted on the side walls of the Nave:
These are icons of Christ and the Apostles (includes Paul in the circle with Peter) painted on the wall of the Narthex:
Other icons in the narthex:
The Narthex prayer corner:
Icon station for children in the Narthex:
There were many icons in the church - too many to photograph all. I'd love to go back to have time to really look at all of them.
Kaye got a couple of pictures of us in the Narthex as Father Symeon talked to us about the Orthodox Church practices.
It was a wonderful field trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it.