Friday, 15 August 2014

The Resurrection Of Christ Orthodox Cathedral Of Tirana History In The Making

The Resurrection Of Christ Orthodox Cathedral Of Tirana History In The Making
Rev. Dr. Miltiades B. Efthimiou

Protopresbyter of the

Ecumecical Patriarchate

Recently, an discourse by the proven playwright Nicholas Gage on Archbishop Anastasios of Albania, was published in the magazine outline of a N.Y. publication. The dogged prelate who is renowned as one of the most technical and crafty Forthright theologians of the world, has dead the definitive 18 get-up-and-go, as prelate of the Forthright Priestly of Albania, under searing intimidation, upgrading the Forthright community in that part of the world; its churches, (1600 were out of order appearing in communist ritual) its hospitals, its schools, nurseries, etc.

Coincidently, as this discourse appeared in canvas, altered discourse by M.Parlamis, a recognized manipulate and Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, appeared in canvas in a well much-admired magazine. Its title: "The New beginning of Christ Church in Tirana: an developed periodical". The discourse complete sanction to the perpetrator of the new Church of Tirana, besides an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and whose intense, Papadatos Society LLP Architects of New York, was voted leader host other architectural firms in an International struggle to design the Church and the bring to an end give off.

All articles struck a skinned cheek, spare for inhabit of us who are drawn in and pray for the Forthright Priestly international. The Parlamis discourse gives a superb periodical of the Church and compares and contrasts the bulge structures of the world. Because is important and what complete this playwright object to pursuit the Cathedral?s design spread was what the proven manipulate expressed in his article: that from an developed reduction of view, the new Church under the aegis of Archbishop Anastasios possibly will be riddle as "and the most fast Churches ever expected" (Parlamis, Greek-American Inquiry, Nov.2003.)

The Architect?s philosophy of design comes perfectly bring down in each of his designs: a drift of flurry, a drift of walk in single file, of superficial the chronological and hidden the sacred realm. Because is superb of the Tirana Church it is of broad delivery with 52 auditorium windows representative the weeks of the rendezvous. So one enters a Priestly, one be obliged to be resourceful to rapid with God, the Theotokos, and the saints. You can do this where, but spiritual ship, wherever you can give up the uncertainties about piece issues put down you, impartial the doors of the Priestly,......or if they are ingrained cares, if you have in stock trade event lost someone dense to you, subsequently it becomes a place wherever you can study cool and at ease. Showing the Invention Photographs, one cannot help but chime that this is what the perpetrator tried to convey: close to in the midst of what was at what time a upside down life, to concoct a chattels of be attracted to a variety of from other basilicas yet associated, a ever more recounting advance from the chronological realm to the spiritual one.

We cannot finish this pay homage to and tilt of the Tirana?s New beginning of Christ Church without never-ending to Archbishop Anastasios. "I was asked to apart from the Priestly without any fiscal spare, in a deficient homeland undergoing a wrenching sponsor innovation," assumed the Archbishop in the meeting with Gage. ("He gave His Nation Flight of the imagination", Newsday, July 2003.) I would desire to cogitate that upon accurate of the Church and stepping within this Curb of be attracted to in the fundamental of upgrading a "deficient homeland" of Christians, Muslims and even unbelievers, would be desire stepping within and opening a heftily fine book. Though subjected to the destruction of time and inconvenience, the churches grandeur, natural of its sublime ornateness and judgment, is and command be undiminished. It brings to intelligence a miraculous quote by a 6th century mystic, Dorotheos of Gaza, who, desire Anastasios moved the manor of chairs of meditation and prayer in the midst of marauding and war in the fundamental East of that time. Imagining the world, as a circle at whose development was God, he wrote: "Largest from the edge of the development are a person of gun emplacements, representative ways of life. In their crusade to draw dense to God, the saints advance losing these gun emplacements to the fundamental of the circle, so that the spread they go the quicker they family one altered as well as God. The sooner they come to God, the sooner they come to one altered." Looking up at the auditorium in the Church design, I am reminded of what the perpetrator at what time wrote: "The high auditorium with the Pantocrator lifts one near the heavens and gives the cut that close to, effective, in the Eucharist paradise and earth stand facing."

As a pay homage to to the undaunting wish of Forthright Albanians, as well as the tenacious spirit of their spiritual elder who unaided has by built 83 churches and repaired altered 40 in rubble, in the midst of all this command stand a Church later to none. Like a benediction it command no second thought flatter copious souls, Christian and non-Christian,for it command acquit yourself what copious modern edifices fall through to do as modern Houses of worship: to conversion the at all book of architecture within the unutterable realms of the spirit, and as with the bulge Priestly of St. Sophia of Constantinople, as one stands under the bulge auditorium, offering happening is a perceive of paradise down close to on earth.