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Service Table

The Tetrapod (Service Table) is on the same level as the Nave where parishioners stand or are seated. Sacraments such as holy matrimony, baptism, Chrismation and other services are held before the Tetrapod. Upon it stands a cross, two candles and an icon that corresponds to the feast of the current season.


Altar - Holy Table Престол

The Altar is also called the Holy Table. Upon it are the Tabernacle, the Gospels, the Antimins, the Shroud (Ilyton), the Cross, a seven-candle Candelabrum and the Ciborium (Pyx).



The rectangular linen or silk cloth has a representation of Christ’s descent from the Cross and the Four Evangelists - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - one on each corner. It contains a small relic of a martyr, is folded, wrapped in an Ilyton (shroud) and stays on the altar under the Gospel. It is unfolded only during the Liturgy just before the Anaphora (the consecration of bread and wine as the body and blood of Christ).

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Table of Oblation Жертівник

The Table of Oblation stands on the left side of the altar and is where the bread and wine are prepared for communion during the Divine Liturgy.

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Tabernacle Дарохранительниця

The Tabernacle sits on the altar and is used as the repository for the Eucharist. This example is originally from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. John in Chatham. When the church closed in 2009, this Tabernacle was placed in the care of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in London, Ontario.

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Liturgical Vestments Богослужбове Облачення

The priest’s vestments include a Dalmatic, which is a long, light-coloured robe with narrow sleeves. Maniples (cuffs) are worn at the wrist. The Epitrachelion (stole), which goes around the neck with the two ends hanging down evenly in front, symbolizes the priest’s consecration and is tied with a Zone (ecclesiastical belt) at the waist. The Chasuble is a long, sleeveless cloak, shortened in front.


Wedding Crowns Вінчальні Корони

Crowns are used in the Orthodox wedding service to symbolize the couple’s relationship to one another as King and Queen of their kingdom: their home.

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Icons are two-dimensional, religious works of art. In the Orthodox Church, icons bear witness to the reality of God’s presence.

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Candelabrum Канделябр

In the Orthodox tradition lighted candles are highly symbolic and in the church they are presented in a variety of settings and for many liturgical usages. Candles represent the light of Christ. On these candelabrum, during the liturgy, the faithful light candles as an offering to God, to say a prayer for someone or to ask for a blessing. Typically candles are made of natural beeswax. The wax produced by the honeybee is considered the sweetest and purest, therefore the most appropriate for symbolizing the humanity of Christ.