ORATORY

(Latin, oratorium, place of prayer). The term oratory is used in Egypt to designate the small adjoining the monk’s cell for private worship. It is often equipped with a bench in front of the west wall. The most significant part of the oratory is the east wall, which usually features three niches; two of them are small and not decorated, and were used to keep the liturgical objects.

The middle principal of the oratories are usually decorated with paintings of Christ in the Majesty or by and Child flanked by and saints or Apostles. The most interesting oratory murals were found in , the Monastery of St. , and the Monastery of St. Apollo.

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