By Sharon E. J. Gerstel
Gerstel (Byzantine artwork heritage and structure, U. of Maryland) analyzes the ornament of the Byzantine sanctuary from the viewpoint of its modern audience, from monk to liturgical celebrant, from bishop to put worshipper. She relatively finds to trendy readers what used to be and is show up
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54 The fourth place generally alternated between Athanasios of Alexandria and Nicholas. Athanasios's inclusion can be explained by his staunch opposition to Arianism, but Nicholas of Myra was a little-known saint until after Iconoclasm. 57 Refinements in the ceremony can be traced in Orthodox service books (euchologia). 58 Thirteenth-century service books prescribe offerings to be made in honor of individually named saints. The commemorated saints varied widely; their selection was deter- mined by the founder of the church, the celebrant, and the congregation.
62 We might see the selection of bishops in the apse as reflections, in paint, of the wide divergences in the Prothesis rite prior to the mid-fourteenth-century codification of the rite in Philotheos's diataxis. 64 In Macedonia, St. George at Kurbinovo presents St. Achilleios among the bishops turned in concelebration (Fig. 65 He is also found in the episcopal church at Servia, where he stands among the frontal bishops on the south wall of the sanctuary (Fig. 28). St. Panteleimon at Nerezi and St.
Like the painted bishops, the hetoimasia served as a continuing reminder of the eucharistic offering, even when the church was silent. In addition to its connection with the eucharistic sacrifice generally, the hetoimasia also was related to a specific liturgical moment. Once the hetoimasia was represented between the painted bishops and behind the altar, the dove with outstretched wings denoted the epiklesis of the Holy Spirit, a liturgical prayer invoking divine assistance in the transformation of the eucharistic offerings.
Beholding the Sacred Mysteries: Programs of the Byzantine Sanctuary (Monographs on the Fine Arts) by Sharon E. J. Gerstel