Icon corner

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An icon corner in an American home
An Icon corner is the family's place of worship. 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.

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 conductive to prayer but accessible to all of the family. Some people prefer an upstairs halllway; others select the parents bedroom. The choice is yorus.

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.

Contents

  • Icon of Christ
  • Icon of the Virgin Mary
  • Icon of the family patron saint
  • Optional: Other icons such as those of saints of family members and significant church events
  • A cross
  • A prayer book
  • The Bible
  • Season Items:

-First piece cut from the Vasilopita at New Year's

-Holy water from the Ephiphany church sevice

-Palms from the Palm Sunday service

-Holy oil from the holy unction service on Holy Wednesday

-Flowers from special services: Good Friday, etc.

-Pascha egg

  • Seal for communion bread
  • Censer with incense and charcoal pellets
  • Light or candle
  • Optional: Marriage crowns


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