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7 years ago  ::  May 12, 2011 - 5:26PM #1
Bezant
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Hello all. Excuse me for posting in the community forum, but I thought my questions would be best addressed here.

1) Why are women ordinarily not allowed behind the iconstasis?


2) Is there any significance/symbolism of the domed seat beside the altar?
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7 years ago  ::  May 14, 2011 - 2:40PM #2
SeraphimR
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May 12, 2011 -- 5:26PM, Bezant wrote:

Hello all. Excuse me for posting in the community forum, but I thought my questions would be best addressed here.

1) Why are women ordinarily not allowed behind the iconstasis?


2) Is there any significance/symbolism of the domed seat beside the altar?



1) I'm not sure.


2) I think you are refering to the Bishop's Throne.  It is used by the Bishop when he is visiting the Church.  According to wikipedia, it is symbolic of the Bishop's teaching authority.


It is also called a cathedra, and so when the Pope speaks ex cathedra it means he is speaking while sitting in this chair.  I wonder if ex cathedra pronouncements are literally made ex cathedra.

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7 years ago  ::  May 14, 2011 - 7:23PM #3
Kerygma
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