A Beginner's Guide to Icons
"Windows into Heaven"
The Iconostasis is the link between heaven (the Holy of Holies) and the nave (The Holy Place). Therefore, everything is symbolic upon the Iconostasis. The Icons of Christ the Theotokos and various saints and feasts are there because Christ, the Theotokos, the saints etc., lead us and guide us into the Holy of Holies. Therefore, the personages on the Icons upon the Iconostasis guide us into heaven, and therefore the Iconostasis connects not separates.