St James's Church, Hampton Hill

The prayer corner


There is an area associated with personal prayer where there is a small altar with candles, which are lit as a sign of the offering of prayers. There is a prayer desk with a book for people to write names of people or events who need prayers said for them.

On the altar is a copy of a 16th century Russian icon bought with bequest money in 1998. An icon is not a piece of decoration, but rather an aid to prayer and worship in the Orthodox tradition of Christianity. Icon literally means image and it is a depiction of Christ, the saints, or of a biblical or other scene. This icon is of 'Christ Pantocrator' which means 'Christ almighty.' It is a very common depiction of Christ as a teacher. His right hand is raised, not in blessing, but rather in the traditional gesture of an orator. In his left hand he holds a book, the Gospels. See pictures of the prayer desk and altar below. Chairs are grouped around the prayer desk and altar.


The prayer corner

The prayer corner

The prayer corner

The prayer corner altar

The Icon

The Icon

The prayer desk

The prayer corner desk


St James's Church
The Parish Church of St James, Hampton Hill, TW12 1DQ
Main site: stjames-hamptonhill.org.uk