Church Feasts tier
: 12 major church festivals:
Nativity of Christ/Christmas,
Baptism of Christ (Theophany or Epiphany)
Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
Dormition (Falling Asleep of Mary)
Raising of Lazarus
(If more than 12: Passion cycle, Nativity of Virgin Mary, her Presentation in the Temple, Exultation of the Cross)
Over the Royal Doors.
Christ enthroned, portrayed as King and Judge (Last Judgment)
Virgin and St. John
Archangels Michael and Gabriel
Apostles Peter and Paul, et.al.
Testament prophets who foretold the coming o the Savior
through the Virgin Mary. In the center is Mary with the Infant
Jesus which testifies that the prophecies have come to pass.
The Old Testament Trinity shows the first appearance of God to man in
the visit of three Angels to Abraham by the oak of Mambre. The Angels
are shown sitting at a table under the oak with Abraham and
Sarah serving them in the foreground and a servant killing the fatted
calf in Their honor.
This tier was added to the Russian iconostasis in the 16th century.
Royal Gates through which the Eucharist is carried.
Jesus to the right of the Royal Doors,
Mary to the left of the Royal Doors
Saint or feast day to which the church is dedicated