Nave. This is the main part of the interior of a chapel. The area where the congregation
worship or assemble. The main seating area inside the chapel sanctuary. The word "nave" in
the Latin language means "ship". The chapel building is often symbolized in art as a galley
(ship) containing pew-like benches (Figure 4-2).
Chancel. The most sacred part of a religious building. It is the area of the chapel around the
altar. The chancel, also called the altar area, is usually separated from the rest of the chapel
sanctuary by an altar rail (Figure 4-2).
Sacristy. This is a room in a chapel where sacred vessels and vestments are kept and where
the clergy vests (Figure 4-2).
This concludes the explanation of the parts of the chapel. We covered the narthex, nave, chancel, and
sacristy. We will now cover how a chapel is used.
PART B IDENTIFY THE WAYS IN WHICH A GARRISON CHAPEL IS USED
The chapel is used for the various worship services and religious activities listed below.
Throughout the military, hundreds of thousands of people from over a hundred religious faiths and
distinct faith groups use the chapel each week. They are participating in many varied activities which
range from religious services of all descriptions to religious education, Bible studies and retreats.
Participants are not only the active duty military personnel, but their dependents as well. In addition,
many retired and disabled veterans and their dependents are serviced by the chapel. Also, civilians
working for the Department of Defense use the chapel facility.