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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Grand Junction, Colorado

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (AD 73)
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (AD 1922)
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (AD 1979)

METROPOLIS OF DENVER

Iconography of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Our parish church is being gradually furnished with traditional Orthodox Iconography. The icons in various phases are being painted by our iconographer, Mr. Athanasios (Tom) Clark of Athens, Greece.

About Iconography as a Theological Language

Iconography is not a “decorative” art. And icons are not “illustrations of the Bible for the illiterate.” Rather, iconography is a theological language. Rather than being illustrations of Biblical events, icons are theological statements about these events. It is a language in color, shape and composition, rather than in words, letters and grammar. Read more...

The Arrangement of Iconography at Specific Locations in the Church

Just as the shape, form, colors, and composition of icons are strictly prescribed by Church tradition and teaching, so also the types and kinds of icons in an Orthodox are likewise specific.

In general, the iconography at various locations in the church reflect the categories of individuals who typically “might be found” in that part of the church. Read more...

The Iconography in the Dome Above the Faithful


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The light and airy space above the faithful at Saint Nicholas church in Grand Junction inspired the development of a remarkably beautiful iconographic scheme.

The Pantokrator icon is mounted on wood attached to a titanium ring suspended from the ceiling beams.

On the north, west, south, and east are the four Evangelists. On either side of each Evangelist are two Old Testament Prophets.

The six-winged Seraphim (Isaiah 6:1-3) are represented on the borders and in the stained-glass windows. Read more...

The Iconography on the Upper Walls Below the Dome


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Above the lower walls in the sanctuary, or nave, of an Orthodox church, and below the dome, are found “scenes.” These may be scenes from the life of Christ, scenes from the life of the saint or feast in whose honor the church was named, or scenes of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical year.

With the blessing of our hierarch (bishop), Metropolitan Isaiah, this area was designated to be furnished with iconography reflecting ten of the Twelve Great Feasts, as well as the Mystical Supper and the Resurrection (Pascha). Read more...

The Iconography on the Lower Walls of the Sanctuary (or Nave)


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The walls of the nave (or sanctuary) presently contain laminated icons mounted on wood.

These will be replaced at a future date, at a future phase of our long-term parish iconography effort. Nonetheless, the current icons are representative of the full-length one that will replace them. Read more...

The Iconography on the Iconostásion


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The Iconostásion in an Orthodox church separates the Sanctuary (where the faithful stand) and the Holy of Holies (where the clergy celebrate the divine services). It contains three entrances (doors, or gates) to facilitate liturgical movement. Read more...

The Iconography in the Holy of Holies (the Sacred Béma)


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The iconography in the Holy of Holies at our parish church is principally comprised of bishops who are canonized saints of the Orthodox Church. It also includes the beautiful Platytéra icon in the apse as well as the “Communion of the Apostles.” Read more...

The Iconography in the Narthex


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Those who enter the narthex (or vestibule) of an Orthodox church are greeted by numerous icons. Usually there is an icon of the patron saint, or patronal feast of the church. And, typically, there may be icons of our Lord and His most-holy Mother.

At our Saint Nicholas parish church we have a beautiful icon that was brought over by one of the immigrants from Greece. Its simple story reflects the faith of those who brought Orthodox Christianity to America. Read more...

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