Hi, first, Im not sure if this is in the right section or not. But it seemed more like a Liturgical question than a Faith or doctrinal one!
Anyways, recently, (just this weekend) I was asked a question an enquirer in Orthodoxy who had attended an Orthodox service for the first time. The question was, why does the priest take Communion within the Altar and behind the Iconostasis, and not outside with everyone else? (obviously you can tell this person thinks like a protestant even though they are a recent convert to Catholicism)
Well, for some reason, in my conversion to Orthodoxy, this question never came up. I never wondered about it, because it just seemed like 'common sense' that the priest would take Communion in the Altar. So it was never an issue for me However, because I never asked the question, I didn't have an answer for this person.
I know all the practical reasons for it. Which are pretty obvious. I"m wondering more about the theological reasons? I'd like to be able to answer this question if ever asked again. (though personally I think the question does make much sense, where else would the priest take Communion?) But if there is a theogical reason, some symbolism, or anything like that, I'd be curious to know what it is. So does anyone know?
Thanks in advance....