As you enter St Nicholas Cathedral from the breezeway into the Narthex, you will pass through a beautiful and unique chapel with iconography on all the walls and the ceiling. It is a beautiful and contemplative space and an excellent transition as we move from "the world" and into "the kingdom".
“[S]ince we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [saints], let us also lay aside every earthly care and… run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12: 1-2.
The icons of the Chapel represent men and women saints, centered around Christ, in a unified Church from around the world, from Antioch (where “the disciples were for the first time called Christians,” Acts 11:26) to Serbia to Ethiopia to Constantinople to Russia to Georgia to Egypt, and to America. They also represent saints from two millennia before Christ, saints canonized in the 1st through the 21st centuries A.D. and the angels of God’s heavenly kingdom.
The Cloud of Witnesses Chapel is dedicated in honor of Dr. Mitry and Elizabeth Ajalat, Dr. George and Josephine Nicola, Icon of St. Photini in honor of Jameel and Leila Beebe.
- Mother of God and the Women Saints
- Christ and the Men Saints
- The Martyrs, Archangels and Evangelists