PART C - PREPARATION OF THE NAVE AND NARTHEX AREAS
Preparation of the Seating Area (Nave).
The Nave is prepared as outlined below. Figure 2-2 contains a description of the seating area.
Center a small table (icon table) in the area immediately in front of the front row of seats
centered in the isle.
Cover the top of the icon table with a small white cloth covering/cloth.
Center the Bible/missal stand on the icon table, with the top of the stand raised at a 60-
degree angle and facing the congregation.
Place the icon on the Bible/missal stand so the icon faces the congregation.
Align all Bibles and worship hymnals uniformly in the pews.
Remove all trash and discarded chapel bulletins from the pews.
Preparation of the Entrance Area (Narthex).
The Narthex is prepared as outlined below:
Place the current chapel bulletins on a small table in the narthex area. The usher or
chaplain assistant will give a copy of the chapel bulletin to each worshipper.
Inspect the entrance area for cleanliness.
Ensure the sound system is operational (when one is used.)
This completes lesson two. You should know how to prepare and set up the chapel for an Orthodox
worship service. During this lesson we discussed how to prepare the altar area, the altar, to include
those items you can handle, and those consecrated items that are to be put in place by the chaplain. We
also discussed preparation of the oblation table, vestment table and other areas of the chapel. After
reviewing all the material in this lesson, you should complete the practice exercise for lesson two.
Answers and feedback for the questions in the practice exercise will be provided to show you where
further study is required.