This virtual tour in word and image will give you a glimpse of our beautiful church temple and help your understand the meaning of its architecture, and liturgical furnishings. Here you will see how the structure and contents of an Orthodox church are in harmony with its liturgical worship. “The interior of an Orthodox church is designed to … preach the Gospel through architecture and icons, to elevate one’s mind and heart to the God one comes to praise and worship.”
Our church was built in 1968 for Ottawa’s oldest parish, Holy Trinity Bukowinian Orthodox Cathedral, formerly located on Gladstone Avenue. It was consecrated on Sunday, October 13 of that year.
The temple was designed by Basil Miska, who adapted a concept by George Kodak. A harmonious blend of the old and new, it represents a marriage of clearly Byzantine features with bold 1960s accents.
In typical Orthodox fashion, our church is built in three sections, each crowned with a cupola (dome). Adorning each cupola is a cross, the instrument of our salvation.
Inside the cupola over the narthex is a bell brought from Holy Trinity Church’s original location on Gladstone Avenue.
The church’s three sections represent both the fulfilment of the Old Testament Temple of Solomon and, in accordance with Orthodox theology, the three stages of the spiritual life:
The altar corresponds to the enclosed area of the temple known as the “Holy of Holies,” where the Jews kept the Ark of the Covenant. Usually, only those who celebrate the services of the Church are permitted in this area, which symbolizes the highest stage of the spiritual life – the vision of God.