Getting started with the iconostasion

Now that the podium is in place we could start preparations for the iconostasion. For those who are not familiar with the Orthodox tradition I can put it like this: “the wall that separates the smaller room with the altar from the bigger church room”. In our tiny chapel everything is very small… we could say minimal. Of course have received blessing from our Metropolitan in Greece before fixing the measurements. 

Now, since we really like recycling, for many reasons, we are always trying to reuse things instead of buying new stuff…  The owners of our local food store had noticed that, and one day during the summer almost two years when my husband, Lärkan, was shopping the shop owner said to him: -You that like recycling so much, how about this presentation wall for vegetables that we are exchanging soon… Do you want it? Lärkan at once thought of the future iconostasion. We have had those boards, and some other things that came along with them stored in a shed for many months now. A few days ago we carried the boards up to the chapel. On this first picture Lärkan is behind the boards, and Kiddane from Eritrea, who now is on an internship with us, is visible in front.

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However, this was not a good way of putting the boards: Look:

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When a priest will be in the tiny sanctuarium (=the minimal room with the altar) his feet will be visible under the iconostasion. I am sure that this “view” will draw attention from prayer and concentration …  So we had to reconsider! Below, the first attempt to turn the middle board upside down. 

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Lärkan´s hands visible holding the middle board just tilted. We think this will be better! So we continued. Below is a picture of Lärkan adjusting the vertical beam supporting the board. Karim is assisting:

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Today Lärkan started to prepare for the “doors” in the iconostasion. Drawing the circles at the top of the openings to come. 

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This is a simple sketch of how we imagine the future iconostasion:

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However the icons might be some other ones, but at least the three “doors” are visible here. 

 

 

More floor…

The latter few weeks we have worked with many different things, but off and on we also work with the chapel. It is a strange winter here in Sweden this year. Not like winters usually has been. This year it is mostly mild, then a bit cold, the little snow that has fallen (only 30 cm or so) melt down to only maybe 10 cm and partly become ice. Then snow again and we slide on a strange “sorbet”… back and forth, over and over. 

One day the condensation in the little lantern had dripped down on the foundation covered with tarmac paper…

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maybe hard to see on this picture, but there were small puddles of water on the tarmac paper. Then Lärkan raised a ladder again, in the center up to the lantern:

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You can se the fan he strapped in the center… Now that fan is taking care of the circulation for a while. But this incident made us decide to wait a bit with putting in the wooden planks in the floor in the tiny “church room”. However Lärkan and Karim did place the floor in place on the tiny podium. That is not under the lantern, but slightly in front of the centerpiece. It has taken some time for paint on the planks to dry, but now they are all right and nicely dried. I am content with the warm hue that goes well with the color of the walls. On this picture the walls looks a bit more yellow than they appear to the eye. 

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This means that we soon can start to prepare for the iconostasis!

Also in the minimal entrance room, Lärkan and Karim has prepared for the future floor:

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They stood outside when cutting all the planks, and then tested to lay it in place:

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After all planks were cut in the right lengths, they carried the planks to our lecture room. There we soon will paint them. Little by little there will be floors…