First things first...links to the previous phases of the building program:
These are actually not representative of the most recent changes (I keep forgetting to bring the camera with me to church!), so those will be forthcoming (floors tiled, etc.); this is mostly of the blessing done by the Archbishop on his recent (12/4/o5) trip to our parish.
The first thing that's noticeable is the big glass doors at the main entrance! (That's Nick, the choir director and son of Fr. Basil, giving me his always-pleasant look...;-))
Once inside there's the drywalled entrance from the narthex into the nave (with glass panel above)...
Upon entering the nave we were greeted with the icon of our parish's heavenly patroness, St. Barbara the Holy Martyr.
Table with cross and holy water for the bishop's blessing of the building, with icons of the Lord and Theotokos on the ambon.
A wide shot of the ambon w/icons, and the table.
The Archbishop and Fr. Basil prepare for the blessing.
Protodeacon Patrick bows to Vladyka to begin the blessing.
His Eminence reads the gospel.
The Archbishop proceeds around the church, sprinkling it with holy water, while the choir sings, "When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest! For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, and called Thee His beloved Son! And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ our God, Who hast revealed Thyself and hast enlightened the world, glory to Thee!"
The clergy lined up for a photo op after the blessing.