procedure can only be as effective as the manner in which it is followed. The
command chaplain ensures that the policies of the Navy and the activity
commander regarding the use of religious facilities and equipment are carried
COMMAND RELIGIOUS PROGRAM (CRP)
FACILITIES ASHORE, AFLOAT,
AND IN THE FIELD
Divine services and religious activities are provided by Navy chaplains to
naval personnel under a wide variety of conditions ashore, afloat, and in the
field. This section provides basic information to guide and assist you when
you are assigned to support a Command Religious Program ashore, afloat,
or in the field.
CRP Facilities Ashore
Since CRP chapel facilities are among the RPs primary workspaces
ashore, you should be aware of the terms which are frequently used
by chaplains and others in reference to these facilities, In many cases,
more than one term may be applied to the same area in the facility due to
the different backgrounds or faith groups of the chaplains. You should
attempt to learn and use the terminology which is used by each chaplain and
use the term which is most appropriate for each faith group in order to
prevent any misunderstanding from occurring in regard to your religious
program support functions. Some of the areas seen within a CRP facility and
the various terms used to describe them are discussed in the following
NARTHEX/VESTIBULE.This area is the entryway into the chapel
facility. It is used to minimize distractions caused by latecomers, to assemble
ushers, and to distribute religious literature and ecclesiastical items.
BALCONY/CHOIR LOFT.The organ may be located in this area,
and the choir could be seated here, if a choir is used during divine services.
This area may also be used to seat worshipers when the nave has been filled
to capacity. (See figure 3-2.)
NAVE.The nave is the largest area within a CRP chapel facility. It is
here that the worshipers are seated (see figure 3-3) for divine services and
other religious activities conducted in the chapel.
CHANCEL/SANCTUARY.The chancel (see figure 3-3) is the area
which is normally used by the chaplain when conducting divine services. The
altar, ark*, pulpit, and lectern are normally placed within the chancel/
sanctuary area of the chapel.
* NOTE: Refer to Preparation for Jewish Divine Services.