The Church as an Icon

Father Lawrence Margitch, Rector of St. Seraphim of Sarov Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, The Parish of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary, in Santa Rosa California, talks about the layout of the church – which is filled with wonderful icons and frescos – as being, itself, an icon.

8 Responses to “The Church as an Icon”

  1. Dennis Hawley says:

    It is a lovely video. Beauty is highly valued. I am struck by the spatial metaphors: Christ is up there on the ceiling, and we are down here on the ground with the Saints. The structure of the church building mirrors the hierarchical theology. It is very different from the Franciscan theology described by Richard Rohr:

    “Kingdom people are anchored by their awareness of God’s love deep within them and deep within everyone else, too. They happily live on a level playing field, where even God has come to “pitch his tent” (the literal translation of John 1:14).”–The-Reign-of-God—-September-22–2012.html?soid=1103098668616&aid=i0zjva-1gfU

  2. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    Thanks for the insights, Dennis. The dome also serves as a place of illumination and inspiration as well as protection (literal and metaphorical).

  3. Tyrell says:

    What an appealing priest, church and congregation!

  4. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    Thanks Tyrell, thanks for taking the time to watch, and for your comments.

  5. Peri says:

    I love this little church. Its setting reminds me of churches in the villages in Greece. The choir is incredible and the warmth and friendliness of the congregation creates a true family atmosphere. Bravo, Alex and John.

  6. Alex says:

    I go to St. Seraphim. Father Lawrence is a wonderful priest, and our church is the most beautiful place in my opinion.

  7. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    Thanks for your note, Alex, and thanks for watching. We were awed by your church and inspired by Father Lawrence. We have hopes of interviewing Fr. Patrick, and Ann, too, to hear more about the art at St. Seraphim, and we are coming to church, too, as soon as we get up the nerve!

  8. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    Thanks for writing Peri. It is an amazing and wonderful church — we recently went to their Glendi festival and their galaktoboureko was even better than ours!

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