The middle part of the church is called the nave, in Serbian Ladja – srednji deo hrama. It is divided into two section, the rear and the front.
The rear section of the middle of the church is the largest single section in the church. It is reserved for the worshippers. In our Serbian churches people worship while standing. Chairs with arm rests are set up along the walls for the elderly and infirmed.
In the United States, pews have been introduced for the worshippers. Sitting is permitted only during certain parts of the Holy Liturgy. Holy icons are placed in the nave of the church for their veneration. Worshippers express their reverence by kissing the icon when they enter and leave the church.
The front section of the nave, next to the sanctuary, is elevated by one or more steps above the floor. It is called the chancel or soleja in Serbian. This section is reserved for the clergy, cantors and for altar boys.
Next to the steps that lead up to the chancel, on the left side along the wall, stands the throne of the Mother of God. On the opposite side, corresponding to and matching the throne of the Mother of God, is the bishop’s throne. Here, under the canopy, hangs an icon of Christ and a throne or comfortable arm-chair rests underneath.
Two lecterns, in Serbian called pevnice, are placed lengthwise on both sides of the chancel, facing each other. These are reserved for the cantors. In the middle of the chancel, a small dais or platform is placed, raised by one or more steps, form which the deacon intones litanies and reads the Gospel. When the bishop officiates the Holy Liturgy he uses the dais or in Serbian ambon for vesting. Few churches have it installed.