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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.
  
[[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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[[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]].   
  
 
== 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�?С�?ЫЙ УГОЛ]
 
*[http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/OldWorldBasic/THE_ICON_CORNER.htm The Icon Corner - КР�?С�?ЫЙ УГОЛ]
*[http://michael.doxos.com/comments.php?id=A1735_0_6_0_C 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://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]
 
*[http://southern-orthodoxy.blogspot.com/2005/02/saints-in-family.html Fr. Joseph's Icon Corner]
 
*[http://southern-orthodoxy.blogspot.com/2005/02/saints-in-family.html Fr. Joseph's Icon Corner]
  

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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