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[[Image:icon_corner.jpg|right|frame|An icon corner in an American home]]
 
[[Image:icon_corner.jpg|right|frame|An icon corner in an American home]]
An '''icon corner''' is the family's place of worship, also called the '''home altar'''.  Its concept of the church of the home is an old Orthodox tradition.  It started in the first century when there were no churches and Christians would gather in private homes to worship.
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An '''icon corner''' is the family's place of worship, also called the '''home [[altar]]'''.  The concept of the [[church]] of the home is an ancient Orthodox tradition, beginning in the first century. At this time there were no separate churches, so Christians would gather in private homes to worship.
  
If possible, locate the [[icon]] corner on an east wall of the house so that you face east while praying.  According to Orthodox belief, [[Christ]], the light of the world, will come again from the East.  Choose a relatively private area conducive to [[prayer]] but accessible to all of the familySome people prefer an upstairs halllway; others select the parents' bedroom.  The choice is yours.
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[[Icon]] corners are typically located in the north- or south-east corner of a room, or on an east-facing wall of the house, since East is the traditional direction for Orthodox [[prayer]].   
 
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There are many ways to arrange the icon corner.  The items may go into a glass-enclosed cabinet, on open shelves, and/or hung on the walls above a small table.
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== Contents ==
 
== Contents ==
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*Icon of the family's [[patron saint]]
 
*Icon of the family's [[patron saint]]
 
*Optional: Other icons such as those of saints of family members and significant church events
 
*Optional: Other icons such as those of saints of family members and significant church events
*A cross
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*A [[cross]]
 
*A prayer book
 
*A prayer book
*The Bible
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*The [[Holy Scripture|Bible]]
 
*Seasonal items:
 
*Seasonal items:
 
**First piece cut from the [[Vasilopita]] at the [[feast]] of St. [[Basil the Great|Basil]]
 
**First piece cut from the [[Vasilopita]] at the [[feast]] of St. [[Basil the Great|Basil]]
 
**Holy water from the [[Theophany]] church sevice
 
**Holy water from the [[Theophany]] church sevice
**Palms or Pussy Willows from the [[Palm Sunday]] service
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**Palms or pussy willows from the [[Palm Sunday]] service
 
**Holy oil from the [[Holy Unction]] service on Holy Wednesday
 
**Holy oil from the [[Holy Unction]] service on Holy Wednesday
 
**Flowers from special services: Good Friday, etc.
 
**Flowers from special services: Good Friday, etc.
 
**[[Pascha]]l egg
 
**[[Pascha]]l egg
 
*Seal for [[prosphora|communion bread]]
 
*Seal for [[prosphora|communion bread]]
*Censer with incense and charcoal pellets
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*[[Censer]] with [[incense]] and charcoal pellets
*Light or candle ([[vigil lamp]])
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*Light or [[candle]] ([[vigil lamp]])
 
*Optional: [[Marriage]] crowns
 
*Optional: [[Marriage]] crowns
 
The perishable items should be eaten, distributed to the birds, or burnt if it is necessary to dispose of them.
 
The perishable items should be eaten, distributed to the birds, or burnt if it is necessary to dispose of them.
  
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==Articles about icon corners==
 
==Articles about icon corners==
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==Personal accounts==
 
==Personal accounts==
*[http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/OldWorldBasic/THE_ICON_CORNER.htm The Icon Corner - КР
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/OldWorldBasic/THE_ICON_CORNER.htm The Icon Corner - КР�?С�?ЫЙ УГОЛ]
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*[http://michael.doxos.net/icon-corner-asheville/ Todd Michael's Icon Corner] - See also the [http://raphael.doxos.com/comments.php?id=P1517_0_1_0 living room] and [http://raphael.doxos.com/comments.php?id=P1513_0_1_0 Raphael's Room]
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*[http://southern-orthodoxy.blogspot.com/2005/02/saints-in-family.html Fr. Joseph's Icon Corner]
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==Other photos==
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*[http://www.si.edu/oahp/russia/photos.htm Icon corner in a Russian peasant house]
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==See also==
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*[[Domestic church]]
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*[[Icons and Home Items]]
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*[[Vigil lamp]]
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*[[Icon Corners]] - Images of people's icon corners on OrthodoxWiki
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[[Category:Church Life]]
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[[Category:About Icons]]
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Latest revision as of 22:32, October 17, 2012

An icon corner in an American home

An icon corner is the family's place of worship, also called the home altar. The concept of the church of the home is an ancient Orthodox tradition, beginning in the first century. At this time there were no separate churches, so Christians would gather in private homes to worship.

Icon corners are typically located in the north- or south-east corner of a room, or on an east-facing wall of the house, since East is the traditional direction for Orthodox prayer.

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