The iconography work currently underway at our sister parish of Holy Trinity in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel is featured on the front page of today’s Indianapolis Star newspaper. The temple they have built and the iconography now going in it are a real monument to all of Orthodoxy in Central Indiana, and we ask God bless all the Holy Trinity parishioners.
In this link http://www.indystar.com/article/20130308/NEWS/303080061/Greek-artist-arrives-begin-first-phase-paintings-Carmel-church you can see a photo gallery and video of the work in progress.
Remember they are using our iconographer, who will start on our new church in the middle of May, yet each church Dr. Kordis and his team do is unique. Our contract stipulates, “In every situation Dr. Kordis will work to create a unique and distinguished iconographic whole, and consequently a unique monument, with its own characteristics and atmosphere which certainly follows the canons of Byzantine art and will express on all levels the style and ethos of our Orthodox art and tradition. In this process Dr. Kordis will maintain ongoing dialogue with the Pastor and his team at St. George.”
It's getting real: 6:30 this evening will be the last Paraklesis (Supplication) that we serve monthly to pray for all the sick. During Lent, of course, we will have Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesdays, and then Pascha is our last service in the old church (on Sherman Drive). Following Paraklesis tonight we have dinner and Bible Study as usual. Everyone is invited.
Blessing and Raising of the Dome for Our New Church • Saturday, March 16
We invite everyone for the raising of the dome, which is being built on the ground (look between the bell tower and the house in the photo above, taken from our live web camera). The dome will be set atop the church on Saturday March 16 (weather permitting).
This is another big milestone in our construction, when the big, 250-ton crane lifts the 40' diameter dome in one piece and sets it on the top of those vertical steel beams you see at the top of the church. Then the crew will immediately bolt and weld it in place.
We will shuttle you from the Kroger parking lot up to the property. The Kroger store is located at 116th Street and Cumberland Road. Please arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m., and park in the northwest corner of the lot, near the Old National Bank building. We will begin with a very brief blessing prayer at 10 a.m., and then we can watch as the dome is raised.
The only thing is: it cannot be a windy day. (It just won’t do to have that big, heavy dome swinging in the breeze, as the workers try to hold it and anchor it!) So, please watch for any last-minute announcements in case we have to call it off.
This video shows one of the steel beams being raised into place and the beginning of bolting it. After all the beams are installed, then all bolts will be tightened, and everything will be welded together. Everything was going great, but then we hit a technical difficulty with the crane in the early afternoon, so please keep the prayers going! They will be bringing in another crane first thing Thursday morning. (What is that language they're speaking, you ask? The crew that fabricated the steel and is installing it came down from Chicago, but they are originally from the eastern part of Syria. They are Assyrian Christians, and they're speaking Aramaic. These guys have a deep devotion to St. George, so they love working on our church.)