St. John’s Architecture: Narthex and Rose Window

The area immediately inside the front door is the Narthex.  This area stretches across the West end of the church.  The Narthex is a gathering area. In early Christianity when the church met in people’s homes this “gathering area” was the atrium where friends and visitors were entertained.  For Christians the atrium is where people […]

St. John’s Architecture: Physical Orientation

Our Physical Orientation is West-East All three Altars at St. John’s face east. This eastern orientation is important.  The rising of the sun in the east each day as Mass was celebrated was seen as a symbol of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and also a reminder of His Second Coming.   The […]