the dome

The Church is crowned with a huge dome symbolizing the Church as the Bride of Christ.  The inside of the dome bears the great head of Christ the Pantocrator, “the Almighty One” carrying the word and blessing the world.  Circling the dome on the tier below the Pantocrator (in relation of their closeness to Christ) are the angelic cherubim and seraphim including Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Urico.  On the next tier are the twelve major prophets of the Old Testament, including David, Solomon, and Moses, traditionally symbolic in that they prophesied the coming of Christ.