NC’s Orthodox Congregation Keeps Ancient Traditions Alive

March 19, 2010  []

Don’t trust a GPS to find Hagia Sophia Court — it probably won’t work.

Tucked in the thick woods off North Bloomfield Road several miles above Nevada City is the tiny road and what looks more like a shed than a sanctuary.

But inside is a regal chapel lined with iconic portraits of saints. Underfoot is a crimson rug, and elaborate, gold-filigree candelabras are perched atop an altar — all curiosities to a Western eye.

This is Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church, where a small group of worshippers keeps alive a tradition that is scarce in the United States. They say Orthodoxy is the pure, “one holy catholic and apostolic Church,” (using “catholic” to mean universal).

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