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#383706 08/02/12 08:29 PM
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I chanced across this today while web surfing...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/phool4xc/59629457/

...the strangest iconostasis I've ever seen.

Can anyone top it?

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The church is in Bhamdoun, Lebanon but I could not tell by a quick internet search if it is an Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Maronite, Armenian or other type of church.

I wouldn't call it "weird" as, no doubt, many might be offended by that characterization. It is different and non-traditional.

In my travels I have seen some Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches, which have been built in say the last 30 years or so, that have icon screens much like these. Perhaps it is from some misguided impulse to "fit in" or to be more "relevant" - whatever the latter might mean in a Christian context.

I have even seen glass icon screens, if you can imagine that. Personally, they disturb me.

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Transfiguration Church, Bhamdoun, Archdiocese of Mount Lebanon. Antiochian Orthodox.

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I think St. Paul's Orthodox Church in Irvine has an interesting iconostasis.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimforest/2957830696

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St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Ottawa is almost, but not quite, iconostasis-less:

http://www.st-john-baptist-shrine.ca/docs/interior.htm

It does reflect a trend in some of the newer Greek Catholic churches in Canada, which I mentioned earlier.

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A few good candles and the first wouldn't be so bad.

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Originally Posted by Rybak
I have even seen glass icon screens, if you can imagine that. Personally, they disturb me.


The glass iconostasis from St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Warrington, PA.

Video and photos.


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Rybak,

This picture is old. There is a decent iconostasis right now in the church. The problem with St-John Baptist is that they seem to update the website pictures every 10 years....
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Just out of curiosity - how is this trend in any way consistent with the teachings of Vatican 2 regarding the patrimony of the Eastern churches? Stuff like that perplexes us Orthodox.

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What trend do you mean? Some of these images are of iconostases from Orthodox churches, not Catholic churches. In any event, I don't imagine individual Byzantine Rite Catholic parishes refer to contemporary Roman Catholic trends when designing or decorating their worship spaces.

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The trend toward the "contemporary" rather than the traditional in sacred art and architecture. Yes, it does also affect some Orthodox parishes.

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Indeed, the "contemporary" impulse is not limited to the Catholic Church, unfortunately.

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Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Cleveland, Ohio, has an iconostasis made entirely of Monastery Icons.

Here it is as shown in its catalog:

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Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Hajnówka, Poland has an interesting iconostasis.

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