Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral: Live View of my Favorite Church in Columbus, Ohio
Live View of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
A great deal of symbolism and meaning exists within the architecture of the Cathedral. Everything one sees has a special meaning and purpose. It is the embodiment of the Orthodox heritage and it serves as a constant reminder of our living Orthodox tradition. The architecture and art of the Cathedral speaks volumes on the Orthodox faith and on the relationship that exists between God and man.
The origin and meaning of this icon within the dome can be found in the Book of Revelations, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Pantocrator (Almighty)” [Rev. 1:18]. The design for the icon is described by St. John, “…and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne…and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.…And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” [Rev. 4:2-12]
Unlike the other three evangelists who are depicted by themselves, two people are depicted in the icon of St. John, reminding us that John did not write his gospel, he dictated it to a scribe (Deacon Prochoros).
The mosaics within the Cathedral consist of roughly 5 million tiles of Venetian glass, marble and 24-carat gold sandwiched in a thin layer between two pieces of glass. They are the work of an Italian artisan.
Therefore it is said, ‘When He ascended on high He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men’, (In saying ‘He ascended’ what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?)” (Ephesians 4:8,9)
The icons of the Church serve as constant reminders that the Orthodox Church is a Church of the living. We do not worship alone, but rather all the members of the Church Triumphant in Heaven, in other words, all the saints, martyrs and early Church Fathers are present with us each Sunday, praying and worshipping to God “for He is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for all live unto Him” [Luke 20:38]. The icons remind us that with Christ Pantocrator, there is no death, but only eternal life.
“Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” [Matthew 7:7-8]