Who? You may ask, are the Orthodox? The Orthodox are Christians who believe in Jesus Christ and in
the church He established.
The Orthodox is one of the faith groups officially recognized in the military. The other three groups are
Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish.
In the U.S. there are nearly seven million members in the Orthodox church. They share the faith and
participate in the mystery of the Eucharist together.
PART A - PREPARATION OF THE ALTAR AREA AND ALTAR
Preparation of the Altar Area (Chancel).
You should follow the steps and procedures outlined below as you prepare the alter area.
Position the U.S. flag and Christian Chaplain flag (Figure 2-1). (When displayed within
the altar area, the U.S. flag should be placed on the flagstaff at the congregation's left and
any other flags should be placed at the congregation's right.
Position the altar in the center of the altar area.
Position the oblation table (the credence table will be used as the oblation table) to the
left (congregation's left) side of the altar area against the wall.
Position a small table to the right (congregation's right) side of the altar area against the
wall (Figure 2-2). This table will be used as a vestment table and will hold the chaplain's
vestments prior to vesting and after divesting.