New iconography installed in dome of Holy Resurrection Church, Palatine, IL

PALATINE, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — On Friday, October 26, 2012, nine large icons were installed in the dome of Holy Resurrection Church here.

Orthodox Christianity teaches that icons express our faith that God has revealed Himself to humanity in the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. This is why the most prominent icon, that of Jesus himself, is placed at the center of the nine images. This icon of Christ is referred to as Pantocrator, which means “Ruler of All.”

In addition to the icon of Christ are images of  the authors of the four Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — and the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. The ninth icon, “The Throne of God,” visually connects the cross and a throne with the altar since the altar stands at the center of Christian life and worship.

These icons, as well as the ones on the parish’s iconostasis, were painted by master iconographer, Archpriest Andrew Tregubov, rector of Holy Resurrection Church, Claremont, NH.

Holy Resurrection Church held its first service in 1970 at Grace Lutheran Church, Prospect Heights, IL.  Subsequent services were held the Prospect High School’s cafeteria in Mount Prospect.  In 1979, the parish rectory in Palatine was converted into a small chapel for worship.  A larger church was constructed at the same location and blessed in June of 1983.  Construction of a still larger church began in 2003 and was completed in 2005.  Holy Resurrection’s community is a mix of ethnic people from typical Orthodox backgrounds, as well as members who became Orthodox from other faith backgrounds.  Archpriest Alexander Kuchta is the parish’s rector.

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