So, I was reading a topic (that has recently been locked) called "Women in the Sanctuary."
And now I'm very confused on terminology. I think the poster who asked the question referred to the area behind the iconostasis as "the sanctuary."
Now, as an Orthodox convert coming from a western church background, this use of terminology is bewildering. When you enter a western church and talk about the "sanctuary" you're talking about the place where the laity or churchgoers sit. In other words, you worship in the "sanctuary." As opposed to the Fellowship Hall, or the Kitchen, or the other areas of a church building that are not intended for worship.
As for that part up at the front of an Orthodox Church where only the priest and altar boys go, I've only referred to it as "that area behind the iconostasis" or even "the altar".
Is "sanctuary" really the correct word here for English speakers?