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Saint Lazarus Zographos (the painter) believed that we do not live for the here and now, we live for the future. We are not content with what is, but struggle to achieve what should be and what will be. As pilgrims on this earth we look to the future. The earth is not heaven, it is the path to heaven.
If the choir is worshiping, ad orientem, or facing inwards as in a monastic arrangement, then I would say that they should be visible to the congregation as models of dignified lay worship in front them, quite literally leading the congregational worship.
As we build upon our talents, becoming more successful in our endeavors, we often fall to the temptation that we don't need God. But everything we are, all we can do and accomplish, is because of the gifts God has given us in the first place.
In this age of dualism in which the popular philosophies of the day swing from one extreme of spiritualism to materialism, a clear indication of both the divinity and the humanity of Christ is necessary. It is through Our Lady, the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary that we emphasize His humanity, without diminishing his divinity.