from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The screen decorated with icons that divides the sanctuary from the nave of an Eastern Orthodox church.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wall of icons between the sanctuary and the nave in an Eastern Orthodox church.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek churches, a high solid screen, usually of wood, reaching at least half-way and often nearly or quite to the ceiling of the church, and separating the bema, chapel of prothesis, and diaconicon from the rest of the church.
And he is, in terms of practicalities, also correct in saying that the altar is hidden behind a wall of icons we call the iconostasis.
At the very top of the iconostasis is a large cross
The Mass itself is said in ancient Slavonic, the altar is separated from the body of the church by a high partition called the iconostasis, upon which the pictures of Christ and His Mother, as well as various saints, are placed, and the vestments of the Mass are quite different.
The iconography on the iconostasis was a blend of eastern and western art, the Royal Doors being done in traditional byzantine iconography while the rest of the iconostasis was in a more Italian style.
Her grandfather helped make the original church's onion dome; the congregation now occupies a spectacular modern church decorated by the most amazing icons and a gilded chancel screen "iconostasis" of wheat and grape motifs.
They must be arranged according to a systematic scheme across the screen between the choir and the altar that from this fact is called iconostasis eikonostasis, "picture-stand"); before these pictures, lamps are kept always burning.
At the eastern end of Saint Theodosius is a wall of icons rising up to the ceiling, the iconostasis—the golden wall separating sanctuary from nave.
It hangs very low, almost skimming the floor, directly in front of the iconostasis that marks off the holy of holies.
Macedonian masters of the 14th century, and with an iconostasis brilliantly radiant with gold and icons.
The point is this: the iconostasis represents the tomb itself, the sepulcher in which Christ was buried.
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