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.