The title today could have been “in the Narthex”. “Narthex” is the first area as we enter an Orthodox Church. You may also call it entrance hall.
In actual fact I stood this morning in the Narthex area and under the newly erected balcony.
I thought that the balcony is now quite high, although my initial feeling, when I saw it being built, it was that the balcony would be low.
But having no experience of the building process I could not judge properly as to its height when I was looking at it a few days ago.
It was quite touching to have stood underneath the roof of what is the balcony’s floor. This is actually the first roof element in our new Church.
I looked ahead, towards the Holy Sanctuary, and I had seen the scaffolding; a lot of scaffolding.
I then looked behind and I could see the openings where the traditional byzantine doors will be fixed.
It is impossible to explain how a Priest feels when he sees his new Church taking a real shape. This is where the dream becomes a reality.