The Cathedral - Entering Through The Narthex
The entire design of this worship space is expressive of the journey of Christian life and the ordering of God's Church. Entering through the narthex of the church one is led to the Font, the place where the life of a Christian begins. The Christian life does not end in the waters of baptism. Baptism is needed to become a member of God's household. Once in the household the members are called forward to the Altar, to be fed at the Holy Table. Being fed is not an end in itself for the Christian. The believer is fed in order to be strengthened to do the work of Christ in ministry. From the Altar one sees the Cathedra, from which the Bishop oversees the work of Christ carried out by His members.
The design of the green terrazzo as it moves from the narthex around the Font to encircle the Altar also branches out into the presbytery and the assembly. Thus our journey as believers leads us from Font to Altar to Ministry. This cycle continues each week when we enter the church renewing our baptism as we bless ourselves at the Font. From the Font we take our place around the table of Word and Eucharist to be nourished at the Altar. As we participate in the act of Christ's sacrifice we learn what we must do. From the Altar we are sent to minister as Christ ministers.