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.
However, this was not a good way of putting the boards: Look:
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.
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:
Today Lärkan started to prepare for the “doors” in the iconostasion. Drawing the circles at the top of the openings to come.
This is a simple sketch of how we imagine the future iconostasion:
However the icons might be some other ones, but at least the three “doors” are visible here.