Monday, March 19, 2012

Our Lady of the Assumption East Wall

East wall is the proper term for the wall behind the altar, regardless of the direction you are actually facing. In the past, all church buildings faced east, and it is still the case for eastern Orthodox churches today. A person who enters the church goes from west to east, which symbolizes going from the evil of the present world to the glory of the New Jerusalem to come. See this glossary on church architecture.