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The campaign to take possession of the church

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TMC news updates The campaign to take possession of the church. The Altar/Menber: is the very central place of Orthodox worship where the Tabot rests and the Holy Communion is offered. It is mostly made up of precious wood and adorned with holy icons. Regarding the order of entrance, the entrance of men looks towards the north, and that of women towards the south. The entrance for the clergy faces towards the east. The three main gates of the Church have manifold meanings: symbols of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and the three-tiered levels of Ordination, namely: Bishop, Priest, and Deacon. Bethlehem: means the “house of bread.” It is a consecrated chamber, where the clergy prepared the Eucharistic Bread and Wine for the Divine Liturgy [Qiddassie]. (Matthew 2:5-7) Bethlehem is always built on the Eastern side of the Church, after the symbolism of Bethlehem, which is East of Jerusalem. The spiritual meaning shows the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Bethlehem and sacrificial death at Calvary. (Matthew 2:1-12; John 19:17-42). Christ was born in Bethlehem, East of Jerusalem, and the star, which led the Magi to the Lord Jesus, appeared in the East (Matthew 2:1-2) The glory of God comes from the East. “And behold, the glory of God of Israel came from the way of the east.” (Ezekiel 43:2; Isaiah 24:15) The Bible mentions that the glorious Second Coming of Christ will appear in the East. “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east.” (Zechariah 14:4; Acts 1:11) Facing the East in prayer evokes the inner senses of the soul, which gives depth to our spiritual feelings to assure the quality of our prayer.

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