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Title: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on November 13, 2009, 04:50:10 AM
Anyone have any pics of their Icon corners. I am trying to rearrange mine as I am buying some new ones to add and am kinda looking for some suggestions.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Salpy on November 13, 2009, 09:06:20 PM
If you click on the "icon corner" tag, below, you may find some threads that are helpful.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Basil 320 on November 13, 2009, 11:26:11 PM
I use the Church Altar and Icon Screen as a model.  MP to the left, XP to the right, patron saint to the left of MP (Russian style is to the right of XP), cross in the middle, angels on either side, Bible in the middle, prayer books to the left of the Bible, other saints and icons of feasts on the left wall; (there's no wall to the right).
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on November 13, 2009, 11:48:35 PM
I use the Church Altar and Icon Screen as a model.  MP to the left, XP to the right, patron saint to the left of MP (Russian style is to the right of XP), cross in the middle, angels on either side, Bible in the middle, prayer books to the left of the Bible, other saints and icons of feasts on the left wall; (there's no wall to the right).

Thanks that sounds like a nice icon corner.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on November 13, 2009, 11:50:38 PM
If you click on the "icon corner" tag, below, you may find some threads that are helpful.

I seem to remember a thread that I read awhile back that had a lot  of pics people put up one was from I believe Schultz and he even had pics of his icon corner at work. I've been trying to find that one with no success. >:(
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Salpy on November 14, 2009, 12:09:01 AM
Is this what you were looking for?

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,12467.msg213248.html#msg213248
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on November 14, 2009, 12:17:51 AM
Is this what you were looking for?

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,12467.msg213248.html#msg213248

Ha thats it! Thanks so much. ;D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: scamandrius on November 14, 2009, 12:54:31 AM
This was mine at my old residence.  I've got a new arrangement but no photos yet.  Hope this is helpful to you.

http://picasaweb.google.com/astyanax5/Icons#5363331985453509618
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on November 14, 2009, 04:49:43 AM
This was mine at my old residence.  I've got a new arrangement but no photos yet.  Hope this is helpful to you.

http://picasaweb.google.com/astyanax5/Icons#5363331985453509618

Beautiful Icons!

Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on November 14, 2009, 04:55:40 PM
http://picasaweb.google.com/astyanax5/Icons#5363331985453509618

I flipped through some of your other photos.  Do you live in Kansas?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: scamandrius on November 14, 2009, 05:13:14 PM
^Alveus,

Now I do, at least for another month and then I'm going back to Omaha. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on November 14, 2009, 07:03:22 PM
This was mine at my old residence.  I've got a new arrangement but no photos yet.  Hope this is helpful to you.

http://picasaweb.google.com/astyanax5/Icons#5363331985453509618

nice
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on November 15, 2009, 02:40:39 AM
Now I do, at least for another month and then I'm going back to Omaha.

Isn't the church there Western rite?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: samkim on November 28, 2009, 11:29:08 PM
(http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/6299/dsc00566x.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Salpy on November 28, 2009, 11:41:21 PM
That's beautiful!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Basil 320 on November 29, 2009, 12:01:11 AM
Beautiful and inspiring. (Re.: REPLY #13)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: samkim on November 29, 2009, 02:02:48 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on December 06, 2009, 01:41:27 PM
Thats amazing. What Saints' icons do you have there?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: samkim on December 06, 2009, 03:40:48 PM
Thats amazing. What Saints' icons do you have there?

Synaxis of the Holy Angels, the Holy Apostles, Sts. John the Forerunner and Baptist, Cecilia, Seraphim of Sarov, Herman of Alaska, Nicholas (whose memory we celebrate this day), and the Three Holy Hierarchs (John Chrysostom, Basil, Gregory Nazianzus). There are also icons of our Lord, the Mother of God, "Extreme Humility," a crucifix, the Transfiguration, the Resurrection, the Holy Trinity (Hospitality of Abraham), and an Asian Mother of God seated with the infant Lord.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on December 06, 2009, 03:42:02 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on December 06, 2009, 08:19:56 PM
Wow thats really beautiful Samkim
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on December 07, 2009, 02:44:30 AM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cymbyz on December 07, 2009, 03:27:26 AM
I reserve the top of my chest of drawers as a home altar.  On the wall over it are the icons:  the main row with a cross, flanked by Christ and the Forerunner on the right, and Theotokos and St. Eugene of Cherson (personal patron Saint) to the left.  Below that are two rows of various Saints, including the patron Saints of my spiritual relatives.  To be added above the main row in future will be icons of Pascha and the 12 Great Feasts.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on December 07, 2009, 03:29:36 AM
These are all nice&dandy, but, traditionally, Orthodox laity-overwhelmingly peasant, illiterate and poor-never had such a cornucopia of religious artifacts.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on December 07, 2009, 04:27:48 AM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)


Glory to God! Beautiful! :)

Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on December 07, 2009, 04:31:32 AM
These are all nice&dandy, but, traditionally, Orthodox laity-overwhelmingly peasant, illiterate and poor-never had such a cornucopia of religious artifacts.

I know many Orthodox people that have converted the sheds in their backyards into chapels and filled them to the brim with such "artifacts."
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on December 07, 2009, 01:33:14 PM
Perhaps you are acquainted  with  nobility then, the only class able to afford private chapels.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on December 07, 2009, 01:45:07 PM
These are all nice&dandy, but, traditionally, Orthodox laity-overwhelmingly peasant, illiterate and poor-never had such a cornucopia of religious artifacts.

Last I checked, I (and everyone here most likely) am not a) a peasant, b) illiterate and c) poor.

We are blessed to be able to have these things to help us in our journey.  Perhaps we do rely on them and take inordinate pride in them.  Perhaps we should and could live more like the poor, illiterate and peasant Orthodox laity. 

But I would imagine those same poor, illiterate peasants would not judge those who had these "cornocopia of religious artifacts".
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on December 07, 2009, 01:59:05 PM
What makes you think anybody is judging you/
I'm not really judging you, neither am I following you.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: samkim on December 07, 2009, 02:07:13 PM
I am a literate college student. Socially, I am not a peasant. Only a beggar before God's mercy.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on December 07, 2009, 02:58:04 PM
It's hard for many to understand what I'm saying:you'd have to have experienced Orthodoxy as lived out in a traditional setting, where it is the majority religion and not just one of the many options available on the religious market as it often happens in the USA.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on December 07, 2009, 02:58:35 PM
These are all nice&dandy, but, traditionally, Orthodox laity-overwhelmingly peasant, illiterate and poor-never had such a cornucopia of religious artifacts.

Indeed, many icon corners for them only included one icon and a simple lamp (not as fancy as the ones many have now)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on December 07, 2009, 03:16:38 PM
What makes you think anybody is judging you/
I'm not really judging you, neither am I following you.

Perhaps I am just being argumentative myself or reading into your initial post.  I honestly took it to mean that those of us who spend the time and money to beautify our homes with an icon corner are being "extravagent" or somesuch. 

If you did not mean it that way, then please forgive me.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mike on December 07, 2009, 03:29:16 PM
These are all nice&dandy, but, traditionally, Orthodox laity-overwhelmingly peasant, illiterate and poor-never had such a cornucopia of religious artifacts.

I don't agree with you. My grandmother, although she can read, in her icon corner has more icons, crosses, books and other stuff than there are in many of the American Parishes (from what I can see in the pictures on the net).

I've also read an ethnographic book about Polesian Belarusians from the beginning of the 20th century, where there was written that amount of the icons in peasants' homes was associated with the family's prestige. People could not read, were poor but they had as many icons as they could afford despite the fact they even did not know who on the icons was portrayed.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on December 07, 2009, 03:57:24 PM
It's hard for many to understand what I'm saying:you'd have to have experienced Orthodoxy as lived out in a traditional setting, where it is the majority religion and not just one of the many options available on the religious market as it often happens in the USA.

Fine, whatever.  I was letting people here into a private part of my life, because I have been blessed by the other pictures that people have posted.  I wanted to share something real.  I'm sorry that I don't have all of your authentic culturally Orthodox credentials as an American convert.  I rely on my priest for guidance, and he explained to me that having an icon corner is traditional practice and beneficial for my soul.

People in this country waste thousands of dollars on plasma widescreen televisions and fancy, fast, sexy computers.  Many elements of these things are cancerous.  I invested a small amount of money in my icon corner for my spiritual benefit.  I saw it as an investment in my spiritual life.  None of it was very expensive, and now I have a place I can go in a quiet corner of my house to prayer and connect with God.

You really don't have to be so condescending.  If there was some level of pride at play in displaying the corner, then please forgive me.  My honest intention was to bless others in the way that their pictures have blessed me.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on December 07, 2009, 04:21:32 PM
I ask you to forgive me, as I was, I realize now, way too harsh and, in a way, presumptuous . I should learn to not judge people's intentions/motives. Forgive me, please.
At the same time, this is not something I'm used too. I've been in enough old old people's homes in Transylvania, Romania. On entering many of these modest houses one could think he stepped back in time by a couple of centuries-no electricity, no running water, no modern device whatsoever etc. On the eastern wall there would be a small, lithographed icon, or one painted on glass, sometimes a little Cross, but nothing that lavish as I see around here in America. To each his own, but I still think that there is still something more authentic in what I've experienced there. But that, perhaps, has more to do with the fact that there were no aesthetickal concerns  involved, not much choice involved, not much awareness about it, just a custom followed out of a most blessed inertia, rather than  with the number of the icons, in itself, I would say.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DaveInCSA on December 07, 2009, 06:14:20 PM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)

That's beautiful.

I'll have to show that to my wife.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on December 07, 2009, 07:26:21 PM
To each his own, but I still think that there is still something more authentic in what I've experienced there. But that, perhaps, has more to do with the fact that there were no aesthetickal concerns  involved, not much choice involved, not much awareness about it, just a custom followed out of a most blessed inertia, rather than  with the number of the icons, in itself, I would say.

Have you seen Blessed Elder Cleopa's cell at Sihastria Monastery? It is filled with icons and not just in the corner. I'd say he was pretty authentic. I don't see why having a lot of icons isn't authentic.

(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/18.jpg)

(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/38.jpg)

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on December 08, 2009, 02:54:56 AM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)

Very beautiful. Who is the Saint in the middle between Christ and the Theotokos?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on December 08, 2009, 02:56:09 AM
To each his own, but I still think that there is still something more authentic in what I've experienced there. But that, perhaps, has more to do with the fact that there were no aesthetickal concerns  involved, not much choice involved, not much awareness about it, just a custom followed out of a most blessed inertia, rather than  with the number of the icons, in itself, I would say.

Have you seen Blessed Elder Cleopa's cell at Sihastria Monastery? It is filled with icons and not just in the corner. I'd say he was pretty authentic. I don't see why having a lot of icons isn't authentic.

(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/18.jpg)

(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/38.jpg)



Now THATS lots of Icons. :laugh:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on December 08, 2009, 02:57:28 AM
Very beautiful. Who is the Saint in the middle between Christ and the Theotokos?

My patron and protector: Venerable Matthew, Clairvoyant of the Kiev Caves.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Irish Hermit on December 08, 2009, 03:05:26 AM
Very beautiful. Who is the Saint in the middle between Christ and the Theotokos?

My patron and protector: Venerable Matthew, Clairvoyant of the Kiev Caves.

Beautiful icon.  Have you just had it painted?  IIRC, you were asking for information about his icon several months back.  Looks like you found a very good iconographer.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on December 08, 2009, 03:08:49 AM
Beautiful icon.  Have you just had it painted?  IIRC, you were asking for information about his icon several months back.  Looks like you found a very good iconographer.

I had it commissioned about five months ago, and I got it in the mail just recently.  At some point I will take it to the university with me so that I can scan the image for display.  When I do, I'll resurrect that thread.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Irish Hermit on December 08, 2009, 05:25:44 AM
These are all nice&dandy, but, traditionally, Orthodox laity-overwhelmingly peasant, illiterate and poor-never had such a cornucopia of religious artifacts.

Not at home, but they had the bountiful and supportive cornucopia of living in a culture saturated with Orthodoxy.    The churches everywhere, the monasteries, the monks and nuns, the pilgrimages, the holy relics and the holy shrines to visit, the beauty of the church services, the support of the yearly cycle of feast and fasts, the feeling that they were all of them fasting and feasting together.    It was, and still is in Orthodox countries, a very rich Orthodox lifestyle.

People in the West who lack that can make an effort to incorporate some of it into their daily lives by building up a beautiful icon corner or even turning a garden shed into a tiny chapel.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: GregoryLA on December 08, 2009, 06:22:22 AM
(http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad91/lloydarenvinnare/IMG_0195.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on December 08, 2009, 10:35:47 AM
These are all nice&dandy, but, traditionally, Orthodox laity-overwhelmingly peasant, illiterate and poor-never had such a cornucopia of religious artifacts.

Not at home, but they had the bountiful and supportive cornucopia of living in a culture saturated with Orthodoxy.    The churches everywhere, the monasteries, the monks and nuns, the pilgrimages, the holy relics and the holy shrines to visit, the beauty of the church services, the support of the yearly cycle of feast and fasts, the feeling that they were all of them fasting and feasting together.    It was, and still is in Orthodox countries, a very rich Orthodox lifestyle.

People in the West who lack that can make an effort to incorporate some of it into their daily lives by building up a beautiful icon corner or even turning a garden shed into a tiny chapel.

That's a wonderful way of looking at it, Father!  Thank you for this insight! :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on December 08, 2009, 09:01:01 PM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)

Very beautiful Alveus thanks for givinng us an insight into the man behind the mask :-)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on December 08, 2009, 09:02:42 PM
Alveus who's icon is that under the icon of St. Matthew?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Rosehip on December 08, 2009, 09:28:40 PM
To all who shared photos-they are lovely.

To Augustin: I understand you too. I lived in Eastern Europe for several years and visited many homes, both urban and rural. Now I live here in North America and very poorly, very simply, with no higher education or degrees of any sort. Not everyone is middle-class here, believe it or not.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on December 08, 2009, 10:53:43 PM
Very beautiful. Who is the Saint in the middle between Christ and the Theotokos?

My patron and protector: Venerable Matthew, Clairvoyant of the Kiev Caves.

Very nice, I'll have to look him up.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vlad on December 08, 2009, 11:02:23 PM
(http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad91/lloydarenvinnare/IMG_0195.jpg)

Nice
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on December 09, 2009, 12:41:16 AM
Alveus who's icon is that under the icon of St. Matthew?

Fr. Seraphim of Platina.  It's this image:

(http://josephpatterson.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/seraphim-rose-icon.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on January 15, 2010, 02:40:34 PM
So, some of the icons that I had ordered in December arrived yesterday. I still have a large Christ/Theotokos diptych coming, though Light N Life didn't have it in stock when I ordered it, so that might be a couple more weeks. I also need to call and purchase an additional five icons today. At least I have some to pray in front of now.

(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9075/iconcorner.jpg)

I know it's silly, that we don't need icons to pray, but I guess I got used to doing it that way over the years. For me, it somehow adds weight to an attempt to get into at least a semi-consistent prayer rule. The icons are of the Theotokos, Jesus Christ, a Guardian Angel, and on the bottom row St. Gregory the Theologian and St. James of Jerusalem. As I mentioned, I have a diptych coming for the table. I still have to order icons of St. Justin Popovich (my patron saint), the seven ecumenical councils, the ladder of divine ascent, St. Mary of Egypt (my wife's patron saint), and a cross for the high shelf.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on January 15, 2010, 03:16:10 PM
People in the West who lack that can make an effort to incorporate some of it into their daily lives by building up a beautiful icon corner or even turning a garden shed into a tiny chapel.

A member of my family's parish many years ago turned her garage into a tiny chapel. Over the years, she added many icons, and eventually had an iconostasis built. After she died, the chapel was given to a small mission, and has become a full thriving Antiochian parish. What was originally the home is now the parish hall, and the garage has been expanded upon to hold the parish.

So you see, one person's piety eventually gave birth to an entire community. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Papist on January 15, 2010, 03:50:49 PM
People in the West who lack that can make an effort to incorporate some of it into their daily lives by building up a beautiful icon corner or even turning a garden shed into a tiny chapel.

A member of my family's parish many years ago turned her garage into a tiny chapel. Over the years, she added many icons, and eventually had an iconostasis built. After she died, the chapel was given to a small mission, and has become a full thriving Antiochian parish. What was originally the home is now the parish hall, and the garage has been expanded upon to hold the parish.

So you see, one person's piety eventually gave birth to an entire community. :)
Awesome Story.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on March 01, 2010, 11:51:15 PM
People in the West who lack that can make an effort to incorporate some of it into their daily lives by building up a beautiful icon corner or even turning a garden shed into a tiny chapel.

A member of my family's parish many years ago turned her garage into a tiny chapel. Over the years, she added many icons, and eventually had an iconostasis built. After she died, the chapel was given to a small mission, and has become a full thriving Antiochian parish. What was originally the home is now the parish hall, and the garage has been expanded upon to hold the parish.

So you see, one person's piety eventually gave birth to an entire community. :)

Thanks for sharing this story.  I just noticed it, and it's a really great story.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: GregoryLA on April 27, 2010, 06:03:29 AM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)

Hey!  Would you mind reposted the two photos that are no longer available via the link?  I'm moving into a new apartment in the next couple weeks and the set up of my current icon corner won't fit in my new space.  Since I'm having to rearrange things so much already I wanted to take the time to kind of redesign my icon corner and I had really been impressed by the beauty of yours and so was wanting to use it as a model.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on April 28, 2010, 01:03:20 AM
This was mine at my old residence.  I've got a new arrangement but no photos yet.  Hope this is helpful to you.

http://picasaweb.google.com/astyanax5/Icons#5363331985453509618

that's beautiful!  I'll post a picture of mine here soon.  I LOVE the guardian angel icon, on the middle row, left.  I'm getting a smaller print of that same icon for my mother for her birthday.  it's at church, "cooking' (being blessed) on the altar right now.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on April 28, 2010, 01:09:49 AM
this is mine.  it's not too big, but it serves as a very good place for me to focus my attention on God and holy topics.  the little cross on the lower left is a cross that a woman (85+) at church crochet for me.  (I think she was a bit sad that I didn't pick her as my godmother, but I love her just as much!)  I also have the small irish cross with St. Patric in the middle, as I'm 1/8 irish, and would love to have a bit of that represented in my faith.  I really am thankful that my mother lets me have these up in my bedroom!

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Irish Hermit on April 28, 2010, 01:20:38 AM
this is mine.  it's not too big, but it serves as a very good place for me to focus my attention on God and holy topics.  the little cross on the lower left is a cross that a woman (85+) at church crochet for me.  (I think she was a bit sad that I didn't pick her as my godmother, but I love her just as much!)  I also have the small irish cross with St. Patric in the middle, as I'm 1/8 irish, and would love to have a bit of that represented in my faith.  I really am thankful that my mother lets me have these up in my bedroom!

I remember the story of a young man and his mother and an icon corner....

When he became Orthodox he kept begging icons from me to take home for his icon corner.  But then I had phone call from his mother... "We can't stand it any more. He keeps us awake all night.  Are you teaching him to do this?"

It turned out that he loved to pray for quite a long time and he would chant his prayers out loud in a stentorian voice and the family could not get to sleep.

Well, now he has been a monk for 17 years and a very good one.    Don't know if he keeps the other monks awake with his loud praying.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on April 28, 2010, 01:23:36 AM
this is mine.  it's not too big, but it serves as a very good place for me to focus my attention on God and holy topics.  the little cross on the lower left is a cross that a woman (85+) at church crochet for me.  (I think she was a bit sad that I didn't pick her as my godmother, but I love her just as much!)  I also have the small irish cross with St. Patric in the middle, as I'm 1/8 irish, and would love to have a bit of that represented in my faith.  I really am thankful that my mother lets me have these up in my bedroom!

I remember the story of a young man and his mother and an icon corner....

When he became Orthodox he kept begging icons from me to take home for his icon corner.  But then I had phone call from his mother... "We can't stand it any more. He keeps us awake all night.  Are you teaching him to do this?"

It turned out that he loved to pray for quite a long time and he would chant his prayers out loud in a stentorian voice and the family could not get to sleep.

Well, now he has been a monk for 17 years and a very good one.    Don't know if he keeps the other monks awake with his loud praying.  :laugh:
:D :Dthat's a funny story!  I sometimes wonder if I wake up my mom and sister when I say my evening prayers...I find that I focus better if I chant them. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on April 28, 2010, 08:22:45 AM
this is mine.  it's not too big, but it serves as a very good place for me to focus my attention on God and holy topics.  the little cross on the lower left is a cross that a woman (85+) at church crochet for me.  (I think she was a bit sad that I didn't pick her as my godmother, but I love her just as much!)  I also have the small irish cross with St. Patric in the middle, as I'm 1/8 irish, and would love to have a bit of that represented in my faith.  I really am thankful that my mother lets me have these up in my bedroom!


thats beautiful Trevor :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on April 28, 2010, 09:19:42 AM
thanks!  it can't really compare to most people's I've seen, though!  here is a larger picture.  I'm still having troiuble learning how to post pictures on here.  I guess I'll learn in time.


http://s718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/?action-view&current=IMG00069-20100427-2305.jpg
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vzldrb on April 28, 2010, 09:27:08 AM
thanks!  it can't really compare to most people's I've seen, though!  here is a larger picture.  I'm still having troiuble learning how to post pictures on here.  I guess I'll learn in time.


http://s718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/?action-view&current=IMG00069-20100427-2305.jpg

For the image, but (http://before the image, and) after. It will then show up here - or you can just post the link without any tags.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Irish Hermit on April 28, 2010, 11:16:21 AM
thanks!  it can't really compare to most people's I've seen, though!  here is a larger picture.  I'm still having troiuble learning how to post pictures on here.  I guess I'll learn in time.


http://s718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/?action-view&current=IMG00069-20100427-2305.jpg

Here is how to post pictures which are on websites...

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,13445.msg185934.html#msg185934


Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on April 28, 2010, 11:21:45 AM
(http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/IMG00069-20100427-2305.jpg?t=1272467994)


thanks so much, Irish Hermit!  such a great resource!  I'll bookmark it!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Vzldrb on April 28, 2010, 11:50:46 AM
(http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/IMG00069-20100427-2305.jpg?t=1272467994)


thanks so much, Irish Hermit!  such a great resource!  I'll bookmark it!
Where do you get these items?

I need a good resource, and so far the only one i like is orthodoxgoods.com :P
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on April 28, 2010, 12:15:41 PM
(http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/IMG00069-20100427-2305.jpg?t=1272467994)


thanks so much, Irish Hermit!  such a great resource!  I'll bookmark it!
Where do you get these items?

I need a good resource, and so far the only one i like is orthodoxgoods.com :P
I got a majority of my icons from my parish bookstore, who got them from skete.com (a GREAT website for icons).  the cross was made by a wood-working priest in Colorado Springs.  the two cards on the wall, to the right, are (top) St. Benjamin, from my local bishop's ordination, and (below that) is St. Brannock, from a baptism in my parish last month.  when I go to Orthodox churches, I like to buy an icon or something, as a momento of the church.    you should also try this. 


www.skete.com
www.archangelsbooks.com
www.orthodoxiconsonline.com

and I'm sure you could find some on ebay or Amazon.com if you look carefully.  also, ask a priest, he will be a good resource for things like this.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on April 28, 2010, 12:19:55 PM
People in the West who lack that can make an effort to incorporate some of it into their daily lives by building up a beautiful icon corner or even turning a garden shed into a tiny chapel.

A member of my family's parish many years ago turned her garage into a tiny chapel. Over the years, she added many icons, and eventually had an iconostasis built. After she died, the chapel was given to a small mission, and has become a full thriving Antiochian parish. What was originally the home is now the parish hall, and the garage has been expanded upon to hold the parish.

So you see, one person's piety eventually gave birth to an entire community. :)

what an inspiring story!  I've read that in pre-revolutionary Russia, families would have rooms preserved exclusively for prayer with candles, icons, you name it.  and it was also custom (I've read) to venerate the patron of the family's icon before greeting the family, when you enter their home.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on April 28, 2010, 01:17:19 PM
Most didn't have any "rooms preserved exclusively for prayer with candles, icons"; only the upper classes, probably, a tiny percentage of the population.
But in the American (and not only) suburbs things are possible that previously, would have only been within the reach of very few.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Clare G. on May 04, 2010, 12:08:11 AM
Newly chrismated convert here. While ideally I'd like to create an icon corner, I live in a tiny two room rented flat/apartment, already very full of furniture, bookshelves and a couple of pictures on almost every wall. I had to have the landlord's permission when I moved in to put nails in the walls for the pictures, and will have to make good the holes if I move out.

I'm embarrassed because my sponsor gave me a large white embroidered cloth and a fake-brass with red glass oil-lamp. I managed to say no to a purple fake-brass incense burner because I do already have one in solid brass. Frankly I don't like either of these items; they are simply not my taste. Also the cloth is too big for any surface I could use for icons and I don't trust myself to learn how to care for the oil-lamp. I often have to leave in a hurry and feel safer continuing to use beeswax candles lit only when I'm praying. Would it be considered very offensive to give these back with these excuses?

I have put a couple of icons, Bible and prayer-book on a stand where my television was (before I gave it away). On a dark red cloth with the candles and the incense burner they look good but it doesn't make much of a corner. And it's not ideal as the only power-point in the room is behind it. I'm reluctant to make more holes in the walls (and can't do it myself anyway as I have no drill).

I have made room for one icon of my patron saint on a very small table in my bedroom, with a low candlestick in front of it, but there's really no room for more.

Do other converts here face similar problems in making room in their homes for an 'icon corner'?


Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cymbyz on May 04, 2010, 12:36:50 AM
Go to an art-supply store and see if you can find a product called Mount-It (or something like that.  It's a moldable substance that you can put on the rear corners of an icon and then stick it to the wall; holds pretty good, though I wouldn't trust it with a really large icon.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on May 04, 2010, 12:39:27 AM
Newly chrismated convert here. While ideally I'd like to create an icon corner, I live in a tiny two room rented flat/apartment, already very full of furniture, bookshelves and a couple of pictures on almost every wall. I had to have the landlord's permission when I moved in to put nails in the walls for the pictures, and will have to make good the holes if I move out.

I'm embarrassed because my sponsor gave me a large white embroidered cloth and a fake-brass with red glass oil-lamp. I managed to say no to a purple fake-brass incense burner because I do already have one in solid brass. Frankly I don't like either of these items; they are simply not my taste. Also the cloth is too big for any surface I could use for icons and I don't trust myself to learn how to care for the oil-lamp. I often have to leave in a hurry and feel safer continuing to use beeswax candles lit only when I'm praying. Would it be considered very offensive to give these back with these excuses?

I have put a couple of icons, Bible and prayer-book on a stand where my television was (before I gave it away). On a dark red cloth with the candles and the incense burner they look good but it doesn't make much of a corner. And it's not ideal as the only power-point in the room is behind it. I'm reluctant to make more holes in the walls (and can't do it myself anyway as I have no drill).

I have made room for one icon of my patron saint on a very small table in my bedroom, with a low candlestick in front of it, but there's really no room for more.

Do other converts here face similar problems in making room in their homes for an 'icon corner'?




Hi Clare!

Christ is Risen!

Welcome to the nuthouse forum!  ;)

Don't worry about setting up an elaborate icon corner. It sounds like you have an icon in your bedroom, you have your prayer books, that is plenty.

Should you decide to add more icons in the future (or if someone gives one to you as a gift), rather than mounting it on the wall, you could use something like this mini easel (http://www.cherishedcollectibles.com/640m.html) to prop it up on a table/dresser/desk.

In regards to the gifts from your sponsor, I would not give them back. I think they would be very offended, and there's really no gracious way to return them. Perhaps you know of someone else who would make good use of them and would appreciate them?

If not, I would just tuck them away in a corner until you can find someone to give them to.

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: wynd on May 04, 2010, 12:43:00 AM
I know it's silly, that we don't need icons to pray, but I guess I got used to doing it that way over the years. For me, it somehow adds weight to an attempt to get into at least a semi-consistent prayer rule. The icons are of the Theotokos, Jesus Christ, a Guardian Angel, and on the bottom row St. Gregory the Theologian and St. James of Jerusalem. As I mentioned, I have a diptych coming for the table. I still have to order icons of St. Justin Popovich (my patron saint), the seven ecumenical councils, the ladder of divine ascent, St. Mary of Egypt (my wife's patron saint), and a cross for the high shelf.

Where'd you get those shelves? (or, alternatively, how did you make them?) I need to get some of these myself.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 04, 2010, 12:46:29 AM
Go to an art-supply store and see if you can find a product called Mount-It (or something like that.  It's a moldable substance that you can put on the rear corners of an icon and then stick it to the wall; holds pretty good, though I wouldn't trust it with a really large icon.

Mount-It, Blu-tack and UHU-Stic all have the ability to bleed an oily substance into the paint on the wall, especially if the paint is a water-based flat finish (the most common type of wall paint used in "dry" areas). While nowhere near as destructive as drilling holes in the walls, the landlord might not appreciate having to touch up the wall paint. Check with him first. If nothing else, best to put your icons on an existing shelf, or a table, or bedside cabinet.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on May 04, 2010, 12:52:28 AM
Where'd you get those shelves? (or, alternatively, how did you make them?) I need to get some of these myself.

I got both at Lowe's Home Improvement. I think the top shelf was about $10 and the floor shelving unit was about $35.

EDIT--I've added a few icons since my last pic, and I'm still waiting on a couple icons to arrive...

(http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/3581/001wl.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Clare G. on May 04, 2010, 04:14:22 AM
Quote from: HandmaidenofGod link=topic=24349.msg430572#msg430572 date=1272947967

Hi Clare!

Christ is Risen!

Welcome to the [s
nuthouse[/s] forum!  ;)

Don't worry about setting up an elaborate icon corner. It sounds like you have an icon in your bedroom, you have your prayer books, that is plenty.

Should you decide to add more icons in the future (or if someone gives one to you as a gift), rather than mounting it on the wall, you could use something like this mini easel (http://www.cherishedcollectibles.com/640m.html) to prop it up on a table/dresser/desk.

In regards to the gifts from your sponsor, I would not give them back. I think they would be very offended, and there's really no gracious way to return them. Perhaps you know of someone else who would make good use of them and would appreciate them?

If not, I would just tuck them away in a corner until you can find someone to give them to.



Truly He is risen.
Thanks for the quick response and the very good advice. I think you are right about causing offence. And I'll have a look locally for icon stands like those.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Feanor on May 04, 2010, 09:24:00 AM
Newly chrismated convert here. While ideally I'd like to create an icon corner, I live in a tiny two room rented flat/apartment, already very full of furniture, bookshelves and a couple of pictures on almost every wall. I had to have the landlord's permission when I moved in to put nails in the walls for the pictures, and will have to make good the holes if I move out.

I'm embarrassed because my sponsor gave me a large white embroidered cloth and a fake-brass with red glass oil-lamp. I managed to say no to a purple fake-brass incense burner because I do already have one in solid brass. Frankly I don't like either of these items; they are simply not my taste. Also the cloth is too big for any surface I could use for icons and I don't trust myself to learn how to care for the oil-lamp. I often have to leave in a hurry and feel safer continuing to use beeswax candles lit only when I'm praying. Would it be considered very offensive to give these back with these excuses?

I have put a couple of icons, Bible and prayer-book on a stand where my television was (before I gave it away). On a dark red cloth with the candles and the incense burner they look good but it doesn't make much of a corner. And it's not ideal as the only power-point in the room is behind it. I'm reluctant to make more holes in the walls (and can't do it myself anyway as I have no drill).

I have made room for one icon of my patron saint on a very small table in my bedroom, with a low candlestick in front of it, but there's really no room for more.

Do other converts here face similar problems in making room in their homes for an 'icon corner'?

Hi Clare. I would strongly advise against returning the gifts, as it could very easily cause offense. If you don't find them to your taste, just keep them for the memory of your chrismation. Besides, it's the thought that counts, not whether or not you can or want to make use of them. I have often found myself in similar dilemmas... I really think that the best thing to do is to be grateful, appreciative and polite, and then never use the gift. :p Just don't tell them that, hehe.

I would love to have an icon corner, but my family is non-Orthodox and they would find it extremely strange, and it would cause problems. My family would tolerate it, but my friends would not. If I had friends over I would have to hide the icons to avoid persecution. My current strategy is to just keep them hidden in various drawers and take them out for when I am praying alone. 

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Papist on May 04, 2010, 01:15:05 PM
Newly chrismated convert here. While ideally I'd like to create an icon corner, I live in a tiny two room rented flat/apartment, already very full of furniture, bookshelves and a couple of pictures on almost every wall. I had to have the landlord's permission when I moved in to put nails in the walls for the pictures, and will have to make good the holes if I move out.

I'm embarrassed because my sponsor gave me a large white embroidered cloth and a fake-brass with red glass oil-lamp. I managed to say no to a purple fake-brass incense burner because I do already have one in solid brass. Frankly I don't like either of these items; they are simply not my taste. Also the cloth is too big for any surface I could use for icons and I don't trust myself to learn how to care for the oil-lamp. I often have to leave in a hurry and feel safer continuing to use beeswax candles lit only when I'm praying. Would it be considered very offensive to give these back with these excuses?

I have put a couple of icons, Bible and prayer-book on a stand where my television was (before I gave it away). On a dark red cloth with the candles and the incense burner they look good but it doesn't make much of a corner. And it's not ideal as the only power-point in the room is behind it. I'm reluctant to make more holes in the walls (and can't do it myself anyway as I have no drill).

I have made room for one icon of my patron saint on a very small table in my bedroom, with a low candlestick in front of it, but there's really no room for more.

Do other converts here face similar problems in making room in their homes for an 'icon corner'?

Hi Clare. I would strongly advise against returning the gifts, as it could very easily cause offense. If you don't find them to your taste, just keep them for the memory of your chrismation. Besides, it's the thought that counts, not whether or not you can or want to make use of them. I have often found myself in similar dilemmas... I really think that the best thing to do is to be grateful, appreciative and polite, and then never use the gift. :p Just don't tell them that, hehe.

I would love to have an icon corner, but my family is non-Orthodox and they would find it extremely strange, and it would cause problems. My family would tolerate it, but my friends would not. If I had friends over I would have to hide the icons to avoid persecution. My current strategy is to just keep them hidden in various drawers and take them out for when I am praying alone. 


What about these persucussions worries you? Do they not know that you are Eastern Orthodox?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on May 04, 2010, 01:33:40 PM
I would love to have an icon corner, but my family is non-Orthodox and they would find it extremely strange, and it would cause problems. My family would tolerate it, but my friends would not. If I had friends over I would have to hide the icons to avoid persecution. My current strategy is to just keep them hidden in various drawers and take them out for when I am praying alone.

I don't think people will make as big of a deal as you think they would over your icons. In the past (when I had my own apartment) I had friends over all the time, and no one ever commented about my icons or prayer corner.

If they do ask about it, look at it as an opportunity to tell them about Orthodoxy and the saint that is portrayed in the icon. Or you can simply say "I use it for when I pray." Most intelligent people with any respect towards humanity will respect you for praying (even if they don't pray themselves) and will shut up about it.

Even if your friends were to laugh at you, if your friends are laughing at your faith, are they truly your friends? Christ tells us we are to expect persecution; not avoid it.

I would suggest discussing this matter with your Spiritual Father, as he would be able to advise you appropriately how to handle the situation.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on May 04, 2010, 01:41:02 PM
If I had friends over I would have to hide the icons to avoid persecution.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Be proud and strong! The Mother of God will protect you with her prayers.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on May 04, 2010, 02:04:45 PM
My impression is that this "icon corners" are more of a Russian/ Ukrainian thing. Am I right?
I've never seen them, growing up in Romania.
Do the Greeks, Serbs, Bulgarians, Arabs etc have them?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on May 04, 2010, 02:20:33 PM
I had thought that I had seen a pic of the cell of Elder Cleopa of Romania with a ton of icons in it, but now that I've gone and looked for it, it turns out that it is a memorial cell (http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/18.shtml). I assume that it's in what was his cell during this life. How many of those icons were there while he was alive, I don't know.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on May 04, 2010, 02:25:42 PM
The question is about setting up an "icon corner", not about having icons in your house.
Everybody had a few, of course-lithographs, usually, and kept them on the eastern wall, if possible, but nobody had an icon corner
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on May 04, 2010, 02:26:17 PM
My impression is that this "icon corners" are more of a Russian/ Ukrainian thing. Am I right?
I've never seen them, growing up in Romania.
Do the Greeks, Serbs, Bulgarians, Arabs etc have them?

Most of my Greek friends have icon corners.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on May 04, 2010, 02:26:50 PM
The question is about setting up an "icon corner", not about having icons in your house.
Everybody had a few, of course-lithographs, usually, and kept them on the eastern wall, if possible, but nobody had an icon corner

Ok, fair enough. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on May 04, 2010, 02:28:53 PM
The question is about setting up an "icon corner", not about having icons in your house.
Everybody had a few, of course-lithographs, usually, and kept them on the eastern wall, if possible, but nobody had an icon corner

An icon corner does not have to literally be in a corner where two walls meet. The idea is to just have an area with an icon, some prayer books, the Bible, etc. Basically an area for you to pray. Some people have icon corners that are quite elaborate, others are quite simple.

How elaborate the corner is decorated is not important; it is the prayers that are said there that are important.

Heck, if one is unable to have any icons in one's house, as long as one is praying, THAT is good.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Feanor on May 04, 2010, 06:12:57 PM
I don't deny Christ. I just don't set myself up for abuse whenever I have guests over. Many of my closest friends are atheists and find organised religion to be downright repugnant. They know I'm a Christian, but if they saw icons in my home it would just be a catalyst for problems.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on May 04, 2010, 06:56:11 PM
I don't deny Christ. I just don't set myself up for abuse whenever I have guests over. Many of my closest friends are atheists and find organised religion to be downright repugnant. They know I'm a Christian, but if they saw icons in my home it would just be a catalyst for problems.

Conflict isn't always a bad thing, especially when it's about Truth.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on May 04, 2010, 07:14:14 PM
Seriously, let's cut Feanor some slack.  Acting like armchair martyrs will do one any good and, in the end, may actually prove to be evil. 

Unless you're a personal friend or in his shoes, no one should be counseling Feanor to engage in conflict with anyone.

Remember who you are and where you are.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on May 04, 2010, 08:09:03 PM
Seriously, let's cut Feanor some slack.  Acting like armchair martyrs will do one any good and, in the end, may actually prove to be evil. 

Unless you're a personal friend or in his shoes, no one should be counseling Feanor to engage in conflict with anyone.

Remember who you are and where you are.

Good point. 

Feanor, I apologize if I have offended you, and humbly ask for your forgiveness.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on May 04, 2010, 08:20:44 PM
Unless you're a personal friend or in his shoes, no one should be counseling Feanor to engage in conflict with anyone.

Rule of thumb: If you don't want a running commentary, then don't post personal things on the internet. Especially not on a discussion forum, where the point is to discuss what is brought up. This isn't the prayer forum, so it's fair game. Nice job on the armchair martyrs comment though.  ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on May 04, 2010, 08:31:27 PM
Engage him in encouraging conversation?  Yes.  (eg. "It's a shame your friends aren't more open minded and accepting of your decision to be a Christian.  You have my sympathy and prayers.")

Tell him to engage in conflict that he may or may not be ready (which one would know only if he was a personal friend of Feanor and a confidant) to deal with?  No.

Cf. Romans 14.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 04, 2010, 08:43:54 PM
Engage him in encouraging conversation?  Yes.  (eg. "It's a shame your friends aren't more open minded and accepting of your decision to be a Christian.  You have my sympathy and prayers.")

Tell him to engage in conflict that he may or may not be ready (which one would know only if he was a personal friend of Feanor and a confidant) to deal with?  No.

Cf. Romans 14.

Bravo, Schultz!  Well said! :laugh:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: brittrossiter on May 06, 2010, 09:22:29 PM
Here's my little prayer corner:

(http://jasonrossiter.smugmug.com/2010/Spring-2010-Miscellany/Prayer-Corner/859194546_N8NPE-L-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on May 06, 2010, 10:55:57 PM
Here's my little prayer corner:

(http://jasonrossiter.smugmug.com/2010/Spring-2010-Miscellany/Prayer-Corner/859194546_N8NPE-L-1.jpg)
Brittrossiter

Who is the Saint depicted in the middle icon and also who is the saint to his left?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: brittrossiter on May 06, 2010, 11:11:52 PM
Here's my little prayer corner:

(http://jasonrossiter.smugmug.com/2010/Spring-2010-Miscellany/Prayer-Corner/859194546_N8NPE-L-1.jpg)
Brittrossiter

Who is the Saint depicted in the middle icon and also who is the saint to his left?

If you are talking about the middle row, from left to right, they are: (a) St. Xenia of St. Petersburg; (b) St. John the Forerunner; and (c) the Theophany

The Saint on the bottom is St. Peter the Aleut.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on May 06, 2010, 11:22:04 PM
Thanks yeah  I was I should have been more spacific
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: stashko on May 07, 2010, 02:06:35 AM
brittrossiter ......
Very Very nice Prayer Corner,One thing though  do the eastern orthodox icons, get along with the Latin crucifix...inquiring mind wants to know... ;D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on May 07, 2010, 02:12:23 AM
Here are my Icon corners. Not as authentic and tidy as some of the beautiful ones others have posted, but I see Christ here nonetheless. :)


My daughter Adayah in front of the Icon corner in our living room.
(http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9682/adayahinfrontofouriconc.jpg)


The Icon corner in my study.
(http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/5172/iconcornerinmystudyjpeg.jpg)



Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: brittrossiter on May 07, 2010, 07:18:25 AM
brittrossiter ......
Very Very nice Prayer Corner,One thing though  do the eastern orthodox icons, get along with the Latin crucifix...inquiring mind wants to know... ;D
LOL so far, yes.  I have not had to break up many fights, and whatever chatter they may engage in doesn't keep me up at night.  ;D 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on May 07, 2010, 05:01:03 PM
lol
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) on May 07, 2010, 06:45:13 PM
My impression is that this "icon corners" are more of a Russian/ Ukrainian thing. Am I right?
I've never seen them, growing up in Romania.
Do the Greeks, Serbs, Bulgarians, Arabs etc have them?

Bulgarians in Istanbul had them before 1962 when we emigrated to the United States. In my one visit to Bulgaria in 1957, nobody had icons, let alone icon corners (big trouble with the Communist authorities). In the United States, I have seen icons and icon corners in the homes of pious Orthodox folks of many backgrounds--convert and cradle alike.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Feanor on May 08, 2010, 12:11:06 AM
I'm not offended, and you raise some good points regarding what Christ said about being persecuted for his sake. Witnessing my faith to my friends and hopefully bringing them to God is certainly high on my agenda, but I've known these friends of mine for many years and I know the right way to go about it. Being confrontational and inviting conflict is NOT the way with these people. Nor can I imagine it being an effective means of witnessing Christ to anyone, really. The confrontational nature of many Christians is something I've noticed in my workplace and university and it simply is not an effective way to preach the faith. I know my friends and I know how they would respond to various things. I know that by keeping a permenant icon corner in my room I would alienate myself very quickly, which would render any efforts to bring them to Christ totally useless.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on May 08, 2010, 02:30:00 PM
Here's my little prayer corner:

(http://jasonrossiter.smugmug.com/2010/Spring-2010-Miscellany/Prayer-Corner/859194546_N8NPE-L-1.jpg)

how beautiful! 
who is the icon depicting second row, far left?  I have noticed her at church and have always wondered.  I figured she's one of the Russian martyrs of the 20th century, but who is she?

sorry! I neglected to read the responses on this topic before posting my own.  I see that she's St. Xenia of St. Petersburg.

still, BEAUTIFUL ICON CORNER!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on May 08, 2010, 02:50:00 PM
Where'd you get those shelves? (or, alternatively, how did you make them?) I need to get some of these myself.

I got both at Lowe's Home Improvement. I think the top shelf was about $10 and the floor shelving unit was about $35.

EDIT--I've added a few icons since my last pic, and I'm still waiting on a couple icons to arrive...

(http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/3581/001wl.jpg)

looks nice!  I have the Same dyptich at my other icon corner!  I have two, my mainone at home, and another at my dad's house, so that I can pray and feel like I'm home again.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: chatelaa on May 08, 2010, 03:07:37 PM
I have a small apartment, also; I'm an artist and I read a LOT, so I don't have much room, but I made some space on a wall right above my long work-table/bench.  In the middle of the table, next to the wall, I have my Bibles and prayerbooks.  Above the prayerbooks I have two rows of icons.  When my atheist friends come over, I don't say anything about the icons unless they ask questions.  Some do.  I figure the icons are part of my DNA, so if my friends accept me (which includes my cats, my paintings, stained glass windows, etc)  they also have to accept the icons.  And they do, because they are kind people.  But I'm older.  When I was young, I was worried about such things as being accepted by others.  Now, I understand they simply accept me or they don't and if they don't they aren't my friends.  But it took me many years to get to this confident state of mind and heart.
Title: icon corners
Post by: brianj29 on May 10, 2010, 10:45:28 AM
Hi I converted 10 years ago (my grandmother had been russian orthodox but I did conversion and attend greek orthodox). Anyhow I am going through divorce and have 2 small children(wife is lutheran).Anyhow I am trying to deepen my faith and have a tradition with my children 8 and 3.So I am setting up an icon corner. I have a corner a wall cross Christ,Mary icon and each of our saints maximus,matthew,leo. I am confused about candles,incense etc. i am not going to leave a oil lamp on all of the time with small kids is a single votive acceptable when we pray(bee wax candle normal dollars store candle??? is incense optional? does it have to be certain kind. I have orthodox bible and prayer book. In short looking for suggestions I am truing to not get to complex as it distracts and frustrates me from what I am trying to do which is be closer to God and my boys during this difficult time
Title: Re: icon corners
Post by: genesisone on May 10, 2010, 12:52:50 PM
Welcome, Brian
No two icon corners are alike. Don't be surprised if what I'm about to say gets contradicted - I don't think there are any real rules about what should be in a home icon corner. It needs to be a place where you are drawn to prayer and will encounter God as an Orthodox Christian. My wife is not Orthodox. Incense is a definite no in my home. Yes, be sensible concerning safety issues with candles. I light mine only when I approach for prayer. Don't worry about whether the candle is monastery produced beeswax or dollar store variety. It is good to have the best that you can acquire, but do remember that Christ is the True Light.

Your divorce is certainly unfortunate. You will have quite the challenge raising your children. It sounds like you're off to a good start.
Title: Re: icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on May 10, 2010, 01:34:48 PM
In short looking for suggestions I am truing to not get to complex as it distracts and frustrates me from what I am trying to do which is be closer to God and my boys during this difficult time.

If you have an open heart and faith, you have everything you need. God keep you and yours during this difficult time. Kyrie Eleison.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: thetraditionalfrog on May 10, 2010, 01:44:05 PM
My icon corner is quite simple. Two icons, one of Christ, and one of Mary. I have a wall cross centered above and between them. Underneath, I have a shelf on which I keep a bottle of Holy Water, oil from St John Maximovitch (lampada), my bible and Jordanville prayerbook. Hanging in front is a simple lampada. The icons and wall cross are from Russia. I'll try and post a photo soon.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on May 10, 2010, 06:06:34 PM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/561/1004029.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on May 10, 2010, 08:21:01 PM
very beautiful
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on May 10, 2010, 08:48:26 PM
Andrew what do you have in your icon corner(what icons ect...)?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on May 10, 2010, 10:33:27 PM
Andrew what do you have in your icon corner(what icons ect...)?

On the wall where the lamp is, on the top I have a small icon of the Theotokos of Czestochowa. On the next row I have (from left to right) St. Anthony, St. Nicholas, Christ, the Resurrection, Ladder of Divine Ascent, and then St. George, on the next row there is St. Isaac of Syria, the Theotokos of the Passion, a Russian Cross, Rublev Trinity, All Saints of America (has a glare on it), and then St. Andrew under that. The next row has St. Vladimir of Kiev, St. Innocent of Alaska, St. John the Baptist, the Prophet Elias, St. John of San Francisco, and St. Seraphim of Sarov. On the book shelf leaning on the wall is the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste, Christ the Bridegroom, and St. James the Just. On the wall to the left at the top is the icon of Elders Joseph the Hesychast, Ephraim of Katounakia, Porphyrios, and Paisios, under it is the Optina Elders, and the Last Supper, under it is the Last Judgment, and on the shelf is the Theotokos (and on it is a paper icon of the icon of St. George from Zographou Monastery on Mt. Athos), and then next to that is a small Kursk Root icon that was blessed by the actual wonderworking icon.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: CatholicLife on May 18, 2010, 01:01:44 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4617070069_f0cfdf900a_b.jpg)
This is my "icon corner" . Some may say the icon of St Michael of the Apocalypse is not painted in a very traditional style, which I know is true but I like it. I hope to get some more iconsduring this year.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on May 23, 2010, 11:23:59 PM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/561/1004029.jpg)

that's beautiful! 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ionnis on June 04, 2010, 05:40:08 PM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

Andrew, can I ask where you got that icon of the Theotokos on the far left?  The Westernized one, which is behind the censer.  It is beautiful.  I've been looking for something like that for quite some time now.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on June 04, 2010, 06:32:37 PM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

Andrew, can I ask where you got that icon of the Theotokos on the far left?  The Westernized one, which is behind the censer.  It is beautiful.  I've been looking for something like that for quite some time now.  Thanks!

I got it at my parish bookstore. I'm not sure where the guy at the store found it. I looked through the icons on Jordanville's website as well as Archangels books (they have a huge collection of icons though) and didn't find that particular one though they do have similar Russian icons. I also checked St. Isaac's Skete, Dormition Skete, and HTM and didn't find it and I don't know where else I could look. I would Archangels books would be a good place to look to find an icon similar to the one I have.

http://archangelsbooks.com/products.asp?cat=Mounted+Orthodox+Icons+of+the+Theotokos&pg=9 (http://archangelsbooks.com/products.asp?cat=Mounted+Orthodox+Icons+of+the+Theotokos&pg=9)
http://iconstudio.jordanville.org/i_theotokos.html (http://iconstudio.jordanville.org/i_theotokos.html)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on June 04, 2010, 06:33:08 PM
that's beautiful! 

Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ionnis on June 04, 2010, 10:43:09 PM
Thank you, Andrew.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: bkovacs on June 09, 2010, 10:37:38 AM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/561/1004029.jpg)

What prayer books do you have on the table. Which one is on the left, looks like a Missal.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on June 13, 2010, 03:03:35 AM
Here's a photo of my icon corner. It's the poor man's version of icons, prints mounted in frames, but they've worked OK since I assembled it in November. Some of the icons rest in other places when not being used at prayer (for example, the Theotokos lives above my computer desk most of time).

Anyway, the tour goes like this.

The large icons in the center are Christ the Good Shepherd and the Theotokos.
The ones to the left are St. Moses Murin and St. Susanna the Myrrhbearer.
The ones on the left are St. Micah the Prophet and St. Elizabeth the mother of the Forerunner.

Sitting on the bookcase in the folding frame is the icon for the Synaxis of All Saints Who Have Shone Forth in North America and the icon of the baptism of the Lord.

The candle is of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I know it's not recognized by the Orthodox, but I already had the candle.

The books in front of the icons are the Holy Trinity Monastery prayerbook and an extra-large print New Testament with Psalms (Authorized Version, 1611).

The books standing between the rocks are a Catholic New American Bible, a Protestant Psalter (psalms set to popular hymn meter, in this case), the Oxford Companion to the Bible, my grandfather's Bible (it has hand-written notes in the margins) and a 1928 ECUSA Book of Common Prayer, which served as the basis for the Liturgy of St. Tikhon (it has a decent liturgical psalter).

The cup is my "censer."

I hope for it to grow (with real icons!), but this is it for the moment.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on June 14, 2010, 01:14:39 AM
Here's a photo of my icon corner. It's the poor man's version of icons, prints mounted in frames, but they've worked OK since I assembled it in November. Some of the icons rest in other places when not being used at prayer (for example, the Theotokos lives above my computer desk most of time).

Anyway, the tour goes like this.

The large icons in the center are Christ the Good Shepherd and the Theotokos.
The ones to the left are St. Moses Murin and St. Susanna the Myrrhbearer.
The ones on the left are St. Micah the Prophet and St. Elizabeth the mother of the Forerunner.

Sitting on the bookcase in the folding frame is the icon for the Synaxis of All Saints Who Have Shone Forth in North America and the icon of the baptism of the Lord.

The candle is of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I know it's not recognized by the Orthodox, but I already had the candle.

The books in front of the icons are the Holy Trinity Monastery prayerbook and an extra-large print New Testament with Psalms (Authorized Version, 1611).

The books standing between the rocks are a Catholic New American Bible, a Protestant Psalter (psalms set to popular hymn meter, in this case), the Oxford Companion to the Bible, my grandfather's Bible (it has hand-written notes in the margins) and a 1928 ECUSA Book of Common Prayer, which served as the basis for the Liturgy of St. Tikhon (it has a decent liturgical psalter).

The cup is my "censer."

I hope for it to grow (with real icons!), but this is it for the moment.


Very nice! Thanks for sharing.


Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Thomas on June 14, 2010, 09:31:59 AM
Agabus,

It is nice to have you post your icon corner on the Convert Issues Forum because it shows that one does not have to spend a fortune to establish one. I started my Icon Corner inthat fashion and gradually over 20 years have expanded and  brought it into a higher quality over the years as I could afford to do so. I now have lampadas, censers, hand painted icons, and quality mounted prints, but I often remind myself that the purpose of my icon corner is prayer and doing the work of worship and salvation for myself and my family and I did that same work with my paper icons cut out of Church magazines and newspapers, Sunday School papare icons and bulletin icons given to my children. It is not what you have in the icon corner that matters but what you do in the icon corner. Thank you for reminding me of that real purpose.

Thomas
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Thankful on July 15, 2010, 01:20:05 AM
Our family recently purchased a house and we are able to use one of the bedrooms as a prayer room (in addition to it being our home office).  Here's a picture of the converted bedroom closet.  We sorta splurge after our baptism and purchased icons of our patron saints (there are nine of us).  The saints are: [Clockwise to the left of the Theotokos] St. Nikolai, St. Helen, St. Matthew and St. Nina; and [clockwise to the right of St. John the Forerunner] St. Andrew, St. Juliana of Lazarevo, St. Markella, St. Isaac the Syrian and St. Silouan.   

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v600/sautterhill/P1040695.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on July 15, 2010, 02:37:26 AM
Our family recently purchased a house and we are able to use one of the bedrooms as a prayer room (in addition to it being our home office).  Here's a picture of the converted bedroom closet.  We sorta splurge after our baptism and purchased icons of our patron saints (there are nine of us).  The saints are: [Clockwise to the left of the Theotokos] St. Nikolai, St. Helen, St. Matthew and St. Nina; and [clockwise to the right of St. John the Forerunner] St. Andrew, St. Juliana of Lazarevo, St. Markella, St. Isaac the Syrian and St. Silouan.  

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v600/sautterhill/P1040695.jpg)


So beautiful!



Selam















































Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on July 19, 2010, 07:18:20 AM
To each his own, but I still think that there is still something more authentic in what I've experienced there. But that, perhaps, has more to do with the fact that there were no aesthetickal concerns  involved, not much choice involved, not much awareness about it, just a custom followed out of a most blessed inertia, rather than  with the number of the icons, in itself, I would say.

Have you seen Blessed Elder Cleopa's cell at Sihastria Monastery? It is filled with icons and not just in the corner. I'd say he was pretty authentic. I don't see why having a lot of icons isn't authentic.

(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/18.jpg)

(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/38.jpg)


memory eternal to the blessed elder!  I read a biography of him, and he's most inspiring!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on July 19, 2010, 12:24:21 PM
memory eternal to the blessed elder!  I read a biography of him, and he's most inspiring!

Yes! Thank God for such Holy Elders. Truly, Elder Cleopa is a Saint of our times.

Holy Elder Cleopa pray for us!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on July 20, 2010, 03:51:33 AM
about the position of icons in prayer corners, is it alright to have more than one of Christ or Theotokos on the same wall? 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on July 20, 2010, 12:24:27 PM
Yes
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: samkim on July 27, 2010, 12:12:58 AM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/561/1004029.jpg)

Holy crap icons! LOL not meant to be disrespectful. Beautiful.

What is the main black book?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on July 27, 2010, 02:47:22 AM
I wanted to post an updated pic of my icon corner, as I've aquired a few more.

(http://bl129w.blu129.mail.live.com/att/GetAttachment.aspx?tnail=0&messageId=3b8d36c5-994a-11df-8319-001e0bcbfd22&Aux=54|0|8CCFB6E24B4CB80||)

the one on the far right is one of the Romanov family passion-bearers.  it was a gift for my birthday.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LizaSymonenko on July 27, 2010, 08:53:18 AM

Trevor,

I cannot "see" the image.

Could you re-attach it?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on July 27, 2010, 10:09:39 AM

Trevor,

I cannot "see" the image.

Could you re-attach it?

(http://<a href="http://s718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/?action-view&current=GetAttachment.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/GetAttachment.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>)

if that doesn't work, here's the photobucket link:  http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww185/trevor72694/GetAttachment.jpg
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agia Marina on July 27, 2010, 11:03:42 AM
That's beautiful, Trevor.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on July 27, 2010, 12:33:49 PM
That's beautiful, Trevor.  :)

thanks!  it's really a blessing that my mother lets me have them up in my bedroom!   :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on July 27, 2010, 01:50:59 PM
Beautiful
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Punch on November 06, 2010, 08:47:33 PM
I don't really have a corner, but this is the East wall of my Living Room.

(http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3834/dsc02242jh.jpg)

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/2223/dsc02243of.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on November 06, 2010, 09:25:17 PM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/561/1004029.jpg)

Holy crap icons! LOL not meant to be disrespectful. Beautiful.

What is the main black book?

The main black book is an Old Rite Horologion.

Edit: Sorry, just realized this is quite a late reply to your question.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on November 07, 2010, 01:54:38 AM
I don't really have a corner, but this is the East wall of my Living Room.

(http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3834/dsc02242jh.jpg)

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/2223/dsc02243of.jpg)


Very nice! Is that an olive branch? And what are the Encyclopedic looking volumes?


Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on November 07, 2010, 01:55:30 AM
Here is the icon corner in my room.

(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/561/1004029.jpg)

Holy crap icons! LOL not meant to be disrespectful. Beautiful.

What is the main black book?



The main black book is an Old Rite Horologion.

Edit: Sorry, just realized this is quite a late reply to your question.


Yeah, that's really nice.



Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Punch on November 07, 2010, 05:59:11 PM


Very nice! Is that an olive branch? And what are the Encyclopedic looking volumes?

Selam

It is a palm leaf left over from Palm Sunday.  The Encyclopedic volumes are set one and two of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.  The set of the Ante-Nicene Fathers is below and not in the photograph.  I believe that these works are on-line now.  They were not at the time that I purchased these.

As an interesting note, the two black books weighing down that top shelf are German Bibles, one from the late 1800's and one from 1901.  The 1901 version does not have any pages missing (unlike the 1800's one), and the front piece says (in German)

"The Bible, or the complete Holy Scriptures translated by Dr. Marin Luther, St. Louis Mo, Concordia Publishing House, 1901." 

This Bible contains all of the Apocryphal books except the Maccabees III and IV.  Concordia Publishing House is the publisher for the LCMS Lutheran Church. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Salpy on November 07, 2010, 11:00:46 PM
These are all beautiful icon corners. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: dcommini on June 02, 2011, 10:12:22 PM
don't know why, but i felt like uploading a pic of my icon corner, so here is my small and humble icon corner... although i don't know if I can get this to upload properly... Also, I apologize for the poor quality as this was taken on my blackberry.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on June 03, 2011, 04:09:35 AM
don't know why, but i felt like uploading a pic of my icon corner, so here is my small and humble icon corner... although i don't know if I can get this to upload properly... Also, I apologize for the poor quality as this was taken on my blackberry.

That is very nice!


Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: zekarja on June 03, 2011, 07:10:06 PM
Here is my Icon Corner: (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=24349.0;attach=7319;image)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesRottnek on June 03, 2011, 08:33:20 PM
Wonderful, both of you
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: TheMathematician on June 04, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
my humble corner

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z305/lerocket18/P1000573.jpg)

hopefully this summer, i will add to it

side note, must it be in the Eastern corner?

It would serve better to be in a different corner, because of the way my doors swing if i wished to place a shelf, but it is okay where it is
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: zekarja on June 04, 2011, 07:00:34 PM
my humble corner

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z305/lerocket18/P1000573.jpg)

hopefully this summer, i will add to it

side note, must it be in the Eastern corner?

It would serve better to be in a different corner, because of the way my doors swing if i wished to place a shelf, but it is okay where it is

It is preferable to be on an eastern corner, however, if your door will hit the Icons it's okay to place them in a more decent place. :)

As-Salamu Alaykum,
zekarja
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: FormerReformer on August 15, 2011, 11:51:58 PM
Just got a few new ones in as a late birthday present, so I'll present my completed (for now) corner:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on August 16, 2011, 08:25:16 PM
LOL. I'm so jealous of all these icon corners, mine is really bad!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: stavros_388 on August 16, 2011, 08:54:30 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6050942255_6dfee82986_z.jpg)

Here's my humble little place of prayer.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on August 24, 2011, 06:08:29 PM
Here's mine:
(http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/7659/prayercorner.png)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: orthonorm on August 24, 2011, 06:26:21 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6050942255_6dfee82986_z.jpg)

Here's my humble little place of prayer.

Lovely and simple.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on August 24, 2011, 07:03:02 PM
LOL. I'm so jealous of all these icon corners, mine is really bad!

There is no such thing as a bad icon corner. As long as there is prayer said at it, it is good.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on August 24, 2011, 07:05:51 PM
LOL. I'm so jealous of all these icon corners, mine is really bad!

There is no such thing as a bad icon corner. As long as there is prayer said at it, it is good.
You are of course correct! But my icon corner is "bad" even in the way you define it, *sigh* lately I have been prayerless, but I'll pull myself back up. Thank you for your encouraging words. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: orthonorm on August 24, 2011, 11:21:02 PM
LOL. I'm so jealous of all these icon corners, mine is really bad!

There is no such thing as a bad icon corner. As long as there is prayer said at it, it is good.
You are of course correct! But my icon corner is "bad" even in the way you define it, *sigh* lately I have been prayerless, but I'll pull myself back up. Thank you for your encouraging words. :)

Why is prayer always the hardest it seems?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: jah777 on August 25, 2011, 12:34:12 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6050942255_6dfee82986_z.jpg)

Here's my humble little place of prayer.

Is the red splattering on the wall from the candle, or from animal sacrifices, or self-flagellation?    ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: NicholasMyra on August 25, 2011, 03:10:14 AM
Here's mine:
(http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/7659/prayercorner.png)

I have never seen a Pantokrator icon like that before. Where is it from? It doesn't look like the neo-Coptic style you see a lot.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on August 25, 2011, 07:36:48 AM
Here's mine:
(http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/7659/prayercorner.png)

I have never seen a Pantokrator icon like that before. Where is it from? It doesn't look like the neo-Coptic style you see a lot.
My Dad got it for me a while back from Egypt. It's more Greek Orthodox in style than Coptic, you are correct. The name of the iconographer is Midhat Malek.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: stavros_388 on August 25, 2011, 09:40:57 AM
Quote
Is the red splattering on the wall from the candle, or from animal sacrifices, or self-flagellation?    ;)

I leave it to you and your twisted imagination to decide! ;)

No, really... cheap candles. Dollar Store. Never again!
I scraped the wax off but have yet to deep clean the wall. I think the splatter gives my corner a weathered, authentic, prayerful kind of look anyway. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on August 26, 2011, 10:47:19 PM
For all of y'all who think that elaborate icon corners are only choice for the American convertsky elite, check out the 19th century Russian painting attached.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Shiny on August 26, 2011, 11:10:48 PM
^ That's what I want one day.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: AZCatholic on September 03, 2011, 07:42:34 PM
Here is my Icon Corner: (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=24349.0;attach=7319;image)

Awesome!  :o
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on September 03, 2011, 07:54:21 PM
Here we are.

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c24/neon000/8262011001.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on September 03, 2011, 07:57:43 PM
^An Icon of the Holy Trinity, wait, let's watch everyone freak out! :o

Just joking! :P A very nice Icon corner! ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on September 03, 2011, 08:01:02 PM
Thank you.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: AZCatholic on September 03, 2011, 08:19:41 PM
biro,
That is wonderful! I really like your icon of the apostles.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on September 03, 2011, 08:31:25 PM
Thank you very much.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: neon_knights on September 03, 2011, 09:32:05 PM
Severian, I love those Coptic-style ones. When I start my icon corner, I'm probably going to go with that style.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on September 03, 2011, 09:44:29 PM
^Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: 88Devin12 on September 03, 2011, 10:32:16 PM
my icon corner, which is currently residing in my closet here at college. sadly I cannot have candles or use the censer, and technically I'm not allowed to use tacks, but I usually fill them in at the end of the year so they don't notice...

the closet already had the dresser setup in the little niche so I figured it'd be a good place. I'd use my eastern wall, but I would have to place my prayer books and stuff elsewhere.

I got most of my icons while in Greece. they were a lot cheaper over than than here in the US (well, they were absolutely everywhere in Greece, even in the supermarkets).
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on September 03, 2011, 10:37:31 PM
^Absolutely beautiful!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: 88Devin12 on September 03, 2011, 10:41:20 PM
^Absolutely beautiful!

thank you!

I actually have a Roman Catholic Crucifix that was originally in my icon corner back in 2005/2006, but I donated it to my parent's protestant church. Nothing was done with it, and unfortunately it was stored in a room that got flooded, so the little pins holding Christ on the cross broke. It should be repaired soon and hopefully will make its way back onto my icon corner, as I took it back when I saw it wasn't being used.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on September 03, 2011, 10:59:43 PM
my icon corner, which is currently residing in my closet here at college. sadly I cannot have candles or use the censer, and technically I'm not allowed to use tacks, but I usually fill them in at the end of the year so they don't notice...

the closet already had the dresser setup in the little niche so I figured it'd be a good place. I'd use my eastern wall, but I would have to place my prayer books and stuff elsewhere.

I got most of my icons while in Greece. they were a lot cheaper over than than here in the US (well, they were absolutely everywhere in Greece, even in the supermarkets).
I had no idea you could fit an entire Church in a closet.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on September 03, 2011, 11:02:47 PM
I had no idea you could fit an entire Church in a closet.  :)

Well, the icon corner (or house in general) is supposed to be a little Church ;)   Btw, I like the pictures that have been posted recently!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on September 03, 2011, 11:04:06 PM
From back home:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on September 04, 2011, 12:11:23 AM
Another one:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on September 04, 2011, 11:53:51 AM
sorry to rain on the byzfest :D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on September 04, 2011, 01:38:45 PM
sorry to rain on the byzfest :D

It's ok, not everyone has been exposed to the joys of spiritually-acquisitive-consumerism  ;D   :angel:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on September 05, 2011, 09:11:30 PM
sorry to rain on the byzfest :D
What is that, the Infant of Prague? I have a prayer card somewhere.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on September 05, 2011, 09:24:24 PM
sorry to rain on the byzfest :D
What is that, the Infant of Prague? I have a prayer card somewhere.
Could be, looks similar enough.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on September 08, 2011, 01:40:18 PM
i know i dont have anything on you guys, but here is my start up icon corner.  i will add more soon! its facing southeast.  thats the closest thing i have to east.

(not sure why the pic is sideways...)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on September 08, 2011, 01:56:46 PM
Nice start :) (though some would question why I call it a start, and would say that's all you need)

Regarding sideways pics, you should be able to fix it with pretty much any graphics program... Microsoft paint, Irfanview, etc.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on September 08, 2011, 04:06:17 PM
i want to get an icon of michael the archangel, who is my saint. i also really like the icon of the ladder.

and the pic i uploaded looks normal until i upload it here. in my other recent post (Theotokos Icon Help) it worked fine when I uploaded the pic.  oh well. not a big deal.

ill post another pic when i get more stuff!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: orthonorm on September 08, 2011, 04:21:37 PM
my icon corner, which is currently residing in my closet here at college. sadly I cannot have candles or use the censer, and technically I'm not allowed to use tacks, but I usually fill them in at the end of the year so they don't notice...

the closet already had the dresser setup in the little niche so I figured it'd be a good place. I'd use my eastern wall, but I would have to place my prayer books and stuff elsewhere.

I got most of my icons while in Greece. they were a lot cheaper over than than here in the US (well, they were absolutely everywhere in Greece, even in the supermarkets).
I had no idea you could fit an entire Church in a closet.  :)

No one went for this . . . really?

I must otherwise the universe will get mad at me.

The . . . darn. Convert Issues . . .
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: orthonorm on September 08, 2011, 04:27:21 PM
Another one:

Is that a grave stone ready to go without the end date?

lulz.

Gotta tour of a "house" once in Romania, replete with matching his and hers coffins handmade and at the ready.

My buddy's parents here in the States purchased his grave plot and had his tombstone made without the end date before he was born.

Death speculation is a hot industry. I thought it would have been awesome if they had picked an end date.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on September 08, 2011, 08:27:33 PM
i want to get an icon of michael the archangel, who is my saint. i also really like the icon of the ladder.

and the pic i uploaded looks normal until i upload it here. in my other recent post (Theotokos Icon Help) it worked fine when I uploaded the pic.  oh well. not a big deal.

ill post another pic when i get more stuff!

Photobucket does that to me too sometimes.  :)

Nice corner.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on September 08, 2011, 10:25:08 PM
Another one:

Is that a grave stone ready to go without the end date?

lulz.

Gotta tour of a "house" once in Romania, replete with matching his and hers coffins handmade and at the ready.

My buddy's parents here in the States purchased his grave plot and had his tombstone made without the end date before he was born.

Death speculation is a hot industry. I thought it would have been awesome if they had picked an end date.
No, it has an end date (1962), we just haven't gotten around to putting it in the cemetery yet. Hopefully within the next 40 years or so.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on September 17, 2011, 02:00:18 PM
Here are a couple pics of my updated icon corner.  Still simple, but im pretty content with it right now!

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on September 17, 2011, 02:04:29 PM
People are going off the ladder of divine ascent but going sideways... that's profound  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ionnis on September 17, 2011, 03:51:27 PM
sorry to rain on the byzfest :D
What is that, the Infant of Prague? I have a prayer card somewhere.
Could be, looks similar enough.

Isn't that the pribavlenie uma icon?  It is for students, those with memory problems, and for those with mental retardation I think.  It is one of my favorite ones.  I guess it does kind of look like the Infant of Prague.  Our Lord and Lady are both wearing cone-like dresses.  I think it is beautiful. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on September 17, 2011, 07:01:56 PM
People are going off the ladder of divine ascent but going sideways... that's profound  :)

Yea, it's a really deep theological concept. I'd explain it, but you probably wouldn't understand.... :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on September 17, 2011, 07:04:01 PM
People are going off the ladder of divine ascent but going sideways... that's profound  :)

Yea, it's a really deep theological concept. I'd explain it, but you probably wouldn't understand.... :)

I appreciate your concern with not burdening me with things over my head, which might cause spiritual harm. However, I think I have some experience in this area, as I have been going sideways for about 6 years now  ;D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on September 17, 2011, 07:07:57 PM
People are going off the ladder of divine ascent but going sideways... that's profound  :)

Yea, it's a really deep theological concept. I'd explain it, but you probably wouldn't understand.... :)

I appreciate your concern with not burdening me with things over my head, which might cause spiritual harm. However, I think I have some experience in this area, as I have been going sideways for about 6 years now  ;D


Haha. I'm with ya brotha!!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: jah777 on September 28, 2011, 12:16:15 AM
I just visited a dear friend who recently moved and just finished putting up their main icon "corner".

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on September 28, 2011, 12:54:56 AM
I just visited a dear friend who recently moved and just finished putting up their main icon "corner".

Where did your friend get the main icon of St. John of San Francisco in the middle?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: jah777 on September 28, 2011, 01:35:07 AM
I just visited a dear friend who recently moved and just finished putting up their main icon "corner".

Where did your friend get the main icon of St. John of San Francisco in the middle?

He had this painted by the man who painted the icon of St. John which is above his relics in San Francisco:

(http://www.stjohnsacademysf.org/_/rsrc/1269582543141/spiritual-life-1/spiritual-life/st_john_relics.gif)

It is the same icon, except St. John is holding the Cathedral in the icon above his relics, rather than a staff.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: samkim on September 28, 2011, 02:47:09 AM
(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8968/img2848mf.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Shiny on September 28, 2011, 03:14:51 AM
Thinking about spending 200 dollars on the Theotokos and Christ icons...is this ridiculous?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on September 28, 2011, 07:42:32 AM
(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8968/img2848mf.jpg)


"Beauty will save the world."  -Dostoevsky-



Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gypsy on September 28, 2011, 12:04:03 PM
Timon and JAH....

Both are beautiful in each of their different approaches!  How very lovely!

I was blessed to visit ST John's relics while visiting my son in San Francisco last February.
I was able to attend the Moleban and venerate his relics.  I brought back Holy oil from the lampada that is illuminating his remains.  If you go to the website of the cathedral you can add prayer requests online, and order the Holy oil there.  I am so richly blessed though...my son just arrived to help me through my next chemo round and he made a trip down there and brought me more oil!  So thoughtful!

Your friend JAH has a real blessing in having had that icon written for him.  It is truly brilliant!

Oh..and Samkim...I LOVE your color scheme!  The wall paint is outstanding and really sets off the icons!
Beautiful!


Thanks for posting...I am still trying to figure out how to do mine..ipad's are wonderful but I haven't mastered the knack of pic posts yet!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on September 28, 2011, 12:12:18 PM
(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8968/img2848mf.jpg)

im almost more impressed by the green wall!!  :D

but seriously, it does make the icons look great. i also like how everything is lower and closer together. looks good!

and Gypsy, my prayers are with you as you go through this next round of chemo.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: samkim on September 28, 2011, 05:42:34 PM
LOL... The wall is white. The green is something to do with the lighting...
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gypsy on September 28, 2011, 09:30:31 PM
Thanks Timon, I'm on round five of 12 treatments over 6 months.  Second time around, It got whipped in 2008 but is trying to beat me down with a recurrence.  Lord have Mercy!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on September 29, 2011, 02:36:48 AM
LOL... The wall is white. The green is something to do with the lighting...

gotcha... well, either way it looks great!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on September 29, 2011, 10:22:55 PM
Thinking about spending 200 dollars on the Theotokos and Christ icons...is this ridiculous?

Depends, I think. If it means you have to sacrifice, it's not a big deal. Or if you have that kind of money to spend just laying about, and if not for the icons you'd end up spending it on the Collectors Ultimate Greatest Blu-Ray Edition of something, then it's not a big deal. If you usually give alms, give to your Church, etc., and that giving would suffer because you decide to buy the icons, then that's a bit more difficult. If someone else would have to sacrifice so you could buy then, that's also a bit more difficult.  Two other things to consider: $200 probably wouldn't even get you a small comissioned icon; and it's not about the dollar figure anyway, but more about if what you are getting is valuable and helpful to you.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on September 29, 2011, 10:22:56 PM
I gave away most of my icons to family last year, though I did keep an icon of Jesus and my prayer books. The reaction to the gifts were interesting. My gram, for instance, seemed confused, because she already had religious pictures, so what did she need another one of the Virgin Mary for? My Father and stepmother each had a different reaction to the diptych I gave them. My Father, raised a Catholic, and also someone who has remarked positively about Orthodox icons to me before, was really happy with the gift; my stepmother was very confused who the lady was, and a bit embarrassed when it was explained to her. My Mother and stepfather were also confused, but in that Protestant, quasi-iconoclastic, "I don't know what to do with this" type of way. Anyway, so yeah, most of my icons were gone this year, and I haven't really had much money to start rebuilding. So for now this is what my icon corner looks like...

(http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3680/makeshift1.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: AZCatholic on September 30, 2011, 04:28:14 PM
My icon corner . I'm a Catholic, which explains the rosaries! ;D

(http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu101/TheYoungCatholic/GEDC0908-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on September 30, 2011, 04:41:15 PM
(http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3680/makeshift1.jpg)
Interesting, are those paper icons by any chance (the ones on the shelf)? I ask because, as you can see, most of my icons in my prayer corner are paper icons.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Aindriú on April 29, 2012, 07:53:07 PM
(http://www.ramanon.com/themightygoat/bumpasaurus.JPG)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on April 29, 2012, 09:02:37 PM
Im glad this was bumped.  This was one of my favorite threads. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: ZealousZeal on April 29, 2012, 10:09:03 PM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)

This is gorgeous. Seriously.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesR on April 30, 2012, 01:16:20 AM
Unfortunately I do not have an Icon corner because I am afraid of the tension it may cause between my mother and I :-( So I will not be much help.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on April 30, 2012, 09:32:08 AM
Anyone else have any updated corners?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on April 30, 2012, 09:33:27 AM
i keep brooms and such in the corners
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on April 30, 2012, 09:36:41 AM
i keep brooms and such in the corners

pic or it didnt happen.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Manalive on April 30, 2012, 09:54:32 AM
Sorry the pictures are so grainy. They're from my phone.

(http://i45.tinypic.com/4rw945.jpg)

(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/19sin89/photo1.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on April 30, 2012, 11:34:06 AM
I'm attaching my arrangement for the Holy 50 days in the main room.
The other icons I keep in various places of my flat. The first reason is that some of them "belongs" to my mum (she's roman-catholic but she very venerates the holy icons), the second one is that some years ago I had an idea that it would be better for me that wherever I look at, I see the icons – just to not have bad thoughts. But now when I’m praying I don’t know where to stay in my room; I usually choose my Slava’s icon (which I’m attaching too) or for much longer prayers I sit before the icon of the Theotokos that I was given from my priest for my chrismation in the Orthodox Church (the third picture; there is also the candle I was keeping during the service). So, I’m planning do something similar as you did: one place for all church items (just buy a table under the Slava’s icon) and only for Nativity and Pascha arrange something in the main room. Now some my friends say that when they come into my room they feel like in a chapel ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Aindriú on April 30, 2012, 12:21:24 PM
i keep brooms and such in the corners

pic or it didnt happen.
:D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Fotina02 on April 30, 2012, 12:49:29 PM
i keep brooms and such in the corners

Will Elder Cleopa of Romania be canonized? Romania has the longest list of Orthodox elders listed here  http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Others1/ and http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Others2/ And many miraculous stories as here: http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Gheorghe_Calciu_Dumitreasa/ Orthodox Church of Romania has produced many holy elders in modern times. Skeptics too I guess.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on April 30, 2012, 12:54:39 PM
are those paper icons by any chance (the ones on the shelf)? I ask because, as you can see, most of my icons in my prayer corner are paper icons.

Indeed they were. They were mostly place holders until I could either mount them or buy mounted ones, though I'm not sure what I would have done with them then.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ioannis Climacus on June 11, 2012, 10:25:03 AM
Not my icon corner, but a friend of mine's.

(http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg411/scaled.php?server=411&filename=img0137.jpg&res=landing)

(http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg521/scaled.php?server=521&filename=img0136ck.jpg&res=landing)
(http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg811/scaled.php?server=811&filename=img0141xu.jpg&res=landing)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alpo on June 11, 2012, 10:31:06 AM
What's with the Byzantine flag? Convertitis?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on June 11, 2012, 10:36:32 AM
What's with the Byzantine flag? Convertitis?

... and it's a crying shame there's an "ark of salvation" there. Hope it's a case of honest ignorance, not misguided zealotry.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on June 11, 2012, 10:36:40 AM
Reminds me of the bookstore at the cathedral not far from me.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ioannis Climacus on June 11, 2012, 10:37:29 AM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on June 11, 2012, 11:20:43 AM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.

What is the point of having a clock on Athonite time? 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: age234 on June 11, 2012, 11:29:26 AM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.

What is the point of having a clock on Athonite time? 

I believe it's set so the correct liturgical hour is displayed on the clock. E.g., at 3:00 the clock says 9:00, for the ninth hour.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on June 11, 2012, 11:35:21 AM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.

What is the point of having a clock on Athonite time?  

I believe it's set so the correct liturgical hour is displayed on the clock. E.g., at 3:00 the clock says 9:00, for the ninth hour.

... which is, in itself incorrect, unless adjustments are made. According to monastic typika, the day and night are ordered by dividing the periods of daylight and night into a set number of "hours", which rarely correspond to 60 minutes in length.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on June 11, 2012, 11:39:01 AM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.

What is the point of having a clock on Athonite time?  

I believe it's set so the correct liturgical hour is displayed on the clock. E.g., at 3:00 the clock says 9:00, for the ninth hour.

... which is, in itself incorrect, unless adjustments are made. According to monastic typika, the day and night are ordered by dividing the periods of daylight and night into a set number of "hours", which rarely correspond to 60 minutes in length.

Yep!  Just read about this in Boorstin's "The Discoverers."  We didn't divide day time into the present 24 hours of 60 minutes each until well after the establishment of monastic hours, which were regulated more by actual daylight/moonlight than our present time scheme.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ioannis Climacus on June 11, 2012, 11:55:56 AM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.

What is the point of having a clock on Athonite time? 
St. Silioun once (before he became a monk) sat in the corner of a bar looking down in contemplation while the rest of his fellow soldiers were celebrating. Concerned, they approached and asked about his appearant sadness. He replied that during their celebrations, the monks on Athos were praying Vespers. Sobering reminders (even as simple as a clock) can be beneficial in remaining constantly mindful of Orthodoxy.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on June 11, 2012, 12:15:43 PM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.

What is the point of having a clock on Athonite time?  
St. Silioun once (before he became a monk) sat in the corner of a bar looking down in contemplation while the rest of his fellow soldiers were celebrating. Concerned, they approached and asked about his appearant sadness. He replied that during their celebrations, the monks on Athos were praying Vespers. Sobering reminders (even as simple as a clock) can be beneficial in remaining constantly mindful of Orthodoxy.

To me it seems to go against living in the here and now and working out our salvation where we are at the moment.  Why not have a clock timed to Jerusalem?  

Note, also, that chances are that St. Silouan was in the same time zone as Athos when he said what you quoted.  He was pointing out that monks on Athos were praying at the same relative time his comrades were celebrating.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ioannis Climacus on June 11, 2012, 01:26:30 PM
To me it seems to go against living in the here and now and working out our salvation where we are at the moment.  Why not have a clock timed to Jerusalem?
I don't understand the criticism on this thread. I was posting some neat pictures from a friend of mine's icon corner, nothing more. If you would like to remember Jerusalem time, that's fine. Buy a clock and set it accordingly. It's not a issue of theology or necessity. Some people hang pictures, my friend likes having a clock. If St. Silouan is wrong in his reflection, then you will have to take that up with him.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on June 12, 2012, 10:42:54 AM
To me it seems to go against living in the here and now and working out our salvation where we are at the moment.  Why not have a clock timed to Jerusalem?
I don't understand the criticism on this thread. I was posting some neat pictures from a friend of mine's icon corner, nothing more. If you would like to remember Jerusalem time, that's fine. Buy a clock and set it accordingly. It's not a issue of theology or necessity. Some people hang pictures, my friend likes having a clock. If St. Silouan is wrong in his reflection, then you will have to take that up with him.

I have no problem with St. Silouan's reflection, as after re-reading the early part of his life, I am now more convinced than ever that he was talking about the fact that while they were celebrating, monks were praying in the same time zone.  There is nothing special about the time zone that Mt. Athos is in.  One should be praying vespers or any other service at the proper time where one is.  That is the meaning of St. Silouan's comment, not the fact that one should know when it's tea-time on Mt. Athos.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ioannis Climacus on June 12, 2012, 05:50:57 PM
To me it seems to go against living in the here and now and working out our salvation where we are at the moment.  Why not have a clock timed to Jerusalem?
I don't understand the criticism on this thread. I was posting some neat pictures from a friend of mine's icon corner, nothing more. If you would like to remember Jerusalem time, that's fine. Buy a clock and set it accordingly. It's not a issue of theology or necessity. Some people hang pictures, my friend likes having a clock. If St. Silouan is wrong in his reflection, then you will have to take that up with him.

I have no problem with St. Silouan's reflection, as after re-reading the early part of his life, I am now more convinced than ever that he was talking about the fact that while they were celebrating, monks were praying in the same time zone.  There is nothing special about the time zone that Mt. Athos is in.  One should be praying vespers or any other service at the proper time where one is.  That is the meaning of St. Silouan's comment, not the fact that one should know when it's tea-time on Mt. Athos.
I don't know where you got the impression that my friend prayed Vespers according to Athonite time.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HouseOfGod on June 12, 2012, 10:58:00 PM
People in the West who lack that can make an effort to incorporate some of it into their daily lives by building up a beautiful icon corner or even turning a garden shed into a tiny chapel.

A member of my family's parish many years ago turned her garage into a tiny chapel. Over the years, she added many icons, and eventually had an iconostasis built. After she died, the chapel was given to a small mission, and has become a full thriving Antiochian parish. What was originally the home is now the parish hall, and the garage has been expanded upon to hold the parish.

So you see, one person's piety eventually gave birth to an entire community. :)
Just reading through, I noticed this lovely story :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ionnis on June 13, 2012, 12:09:13 AM
Not my icon corner, but a friend of mine's.

It is beautiful.  Thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on June 13, 2012, 12:17:58 AM
So, I gather, Ioannis Climacus was good buddies with fr. Cleopa. only there have I ever seen such a hodge-podge of religious artifacts.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: age234 on June 13, 2012, 12:36:28 AM
To me it seems to go against living in the here and now and working out our salvation where we are at the moment.  Why not have a clock timed to Jerusalem?
I don't understand the criticism on this thread. I was posting some neat pictures from a friend of mine's icon corner, nothing more. If you would like to remember Jerusalem time, that's fine. Buy a clock and set it accordingly. It's not a issue of theology or necessity. Some people hang pictures, my friend likes having a clock. If St. Silouan is wrong in his reflection, then you will have to take that up with him.

I have no problem with St. Silouan's reflection, as after re-reading the early part of his life, I am now more convinced than ever that he was talking about the fact that while they were celebrating, monks were praying in the same time zone.  There is nothing special about the time zone that Mt. Athos is in.  One should be praying vespers or any other service at the proper time where one is.  That is the meaning of St. Silouan's comment, not the fact that one should know when it's tea-time on Mt. Athos.

Athonite time does not mean setting the clock to UTC+2. It is a technique of setting the clock to reflect the liturgical time of day and timing it to the local solar time. Local solar noon = 6th hour, etc.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesR on June 13, 2012, 12:44:21 AM
I'll be getting my first Icon at my Baptism on the 23rd which will be St. Augustine and I am also saving up my money to purchase an Icon of St. Monica to go with it. I want to start off my Icon corner with Icons of my two favorite Saints.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: akimori makoto on June 13, 2012, 12:50:38 AM
I'll be getting my first Icon at my Baptism on the 23rd which will be St. Augustine and I am also saving up my money to purchase an Icon of St. Monica to go with it. I want to start off my Icon corner with Icons of my two favorite Saints.

That is beautiful.

If you can afford it, I recommend hanging an icon of Christ (preferably the Pantokrator) and another of the Virgin and Child (preferably the Hodogetria). Both, of course, being icons of Christ.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: genesisone on June 13, 2012, 07:04:21 AM
Athonite time does not mean setting the clock to UTC+2. It is a technique of setting the clock to reflect the liturgical time of day and timing it to the local solar time. Local solar noon = 6th hour, etc.
I quite like this concept - though I don't know how I can effectively put it into practice. Orthodoxy's practice of beginning the day at sundown was one of the (smaller) points that affirmed its proclamation of historical Biblical truth for me. This site (http://www.timeanddate.com/) is helpful for determining sunset, sunrise, solar noon, and more for any specific location.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Schultz on June 13, 2012, 09:11:19 AM
To me it seems to go against living in the here and now and working out our salvation where we are at the moment.  Why not have a clock timed to Jerusalem?
I don't understand the criticism on this thread. I was posting some neat pictures from a friend of mine's icon corner, nothing more. If you would like to remember Jerusalem time, that's fine. Buy a clock and set it accordingly. It's not a issue of theology or necessity. Some people hang pictures, my friend likes having a clock. If St. Silouan is wrong in his reflection, then you will have to take that up with him.

I have no problem with St. Silouan's reflection, as after re-reading the early part of his life, I am now more convinced than ever that he was talking about the fact that while they were celebrating, monks were praying in the same time zone.  There is nothing special about the time zone that Mt. Athos is in.  One should be praying vespers or any other service at the proper time where one is.  That is the meaning of St. Silouan's comment, not the fact that one should know when it's tea-time on Mt. Athos.
I don't know where you got the impression that my friend prayed Vespers according to Athonite time.

Age234 explained what "athonite time" is.  My apologies for misunderstanding you.

I still think it's silly, as all you've done is put a clock ahead 6 hours; it's one thing for monks who have left the world to do it, as it directly impacts their day, but for a lay person to do it strikes me a bit odd, but to each his own.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alpo on June 15, 2012, 02:32:01 AM
I'll be getting my first Icon at my Baptism on the 23rd which will be St. Augustine

Do you happen to know where those can be bought?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: dcommini on June 15, 2012, 06:36:36 AM
I was digging around on facebook the other day and came across a picture of my first Icon Corner. It is very simple and I built the stand/shelf thing out of a broken book shelf.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on June 15, 2012, 03:29:12 PM
Not bad.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Shiny on June 16, 2012, 01:43:20 PM
What's with the Byzantine East Roman flag? Convertitis?
It is in imitation of Athos (which still flies the flag). One of the house clocks is on Athonite time as well.
LOL when I first saw the pics I was asking if that clock was in Athonite time...and wow.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Shiny on June 16, 2012, 01:44:39 PM
I just visited a dear friend who recently moved and just finished putting up their main icon "corner".

Where did your friend get the main icon of St. John of San Francisco in the middle?

He had this painted by the man who painted the icon of St. John which is above his relics in San Francisco:

(http://www.stjohnsacademysf.org/_/rsrc/1269582543141/spiritual-life-1/spiritual-life/st_john_relics.gif)

It is the same icon, except St. John is holding the Cathedral in the icon above his relics, rather than a staff.

Wow what a beautiful picture. Is that from a parish? Which one?

I found this: http://www.allsaintsofamerica.org/who.html

But I don't think that's it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Joseph Hazen on June 19, 2012, 08:54:34 PM
That's the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco in the Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral in San Francisco. You can't quite tell from the picture, but his body is within the golden...I'm not sure of the term, coffin? Reliquary? Under his Icon. It has a glass top so you can see his relics.

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on August 03, 2012, 11:20:37 PM
This is how mine is currently set up.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on August 07, 2012, 11:51:20 AM
This is how mine is currently set up.

That is beautiful! What is the icon on the far left? I've never seen that one before.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on August 07, 2012, 11:16:34 PM
This is how mine is currently set up.

That is beautiful! What is the icon on the far left? I've never seen that one before.

Thank you!

It's of a 12th century appearance of Mary to a prince. It's called by either Bogolyubovo/Bogolyubsky. Wikipedia has a short entry on the apparition. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on August 07, 2012, 11:19:43 PM
Which reminds me that I haven't seen Bogoliubtsy around in quite some time. I agree though, nice :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Manalive on August 07, 2012, 11:55:58 PM
My new icon corner


(http://i48.tinypic.com/2wlspd0.jpg)


(http://i47.tinypic.com/1h2pa8.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on August 08, 2012, 12:06:48 AM
^Beautiful! What version of the Scriptures is that, though?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Manalive on August 08, 2012, 12:20:25 AM
^Beautiful! What version of the Scriptures is that, though?

Thank you! It's the OSB.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on August 08, 2012, 04:02:16 AM
This is how mine is currently set up.

That is beautiful! What is the icon on the far left? I've never seen that one before.

Thank you!

It's of a 12th century appearance of Mary to a prince. It's called by either Bogolyubovo/Bogolyubsky. Wikipedia has a short entry on the apparition. :)

A slight correction: The icon in Nephi's icon corner is only a portion of the Bogolyubskaya icon. The full icon shows the Mother of God appearing to Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky and his troops, hence the name.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on August 08, 2012, 10:58:05 AM
A slight correction: The icon in Nephi's icon corner is only a portion of the Bogolyubskaya icon. The full icon shows the Mother of God appearing to Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky and his troops, hence the name.

These icons seem to have two styles, 1) ones that depict her specifically appearing to the Prince/his men, and 2) those that have her pointing toward Christ (almost always without the Prince/men).

Mine falls into the latter, and is not a portion of one in the former.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: WeldeMikael on August 08, 2012, 11:10:26 AM
My new icon corner


Nice !
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on August 08, 2012, 11:31:13 AM
My new icon corner
(http://i48.tinypic.com/2wlspd0.jpg)

I like the "symetrical but not totally identical" thing going on :)  Some of the icons seem to be like 1/16 of an inch tilted though... I guess I'm Obsessive compulsive about that kind of thing  :D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: William on August 10, 2012, 03:53:18 AM
What's with the Byzantine flag? Convertitis?

... and it's a crying shame there's an "ark of salvation" there. Hope it's a case of honest ignorance, not misguided zealotry.

LBK, what's the dealio with the Franciscan crucifix I've seen in an icon corner on this thread which looks vaguely Byzantine? Is it acceptable?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Orthodox11 on August 10, 2012, 05:26:36 AM
LBK, what's the dealio with the Franciscan crucifix I've seen in an icon corner on this thread which looks vaguely Byzantine? Is it acceptable?

If it adheres to the principles of Orthodox iconography, why not? The style San Damiano/Franciscan crucifix is actually Byzantine in origin.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on August 10, 2012, 05:32:38 AM
What's with the Byzantine flag? Convertitis?

... and it's a crying shame there's an "ark of salvation" there. Hope it's a case of honest ignorance, not misguided zealotry.

LBK, what's the dealio with the Franciscan crucifix I've seen in an icon corner on this thread which looks vaguely Byzantine? Is it acceptable?

The San Damiano crucifix is unusual in that, unlike all Orthodox icons of the crucifixion, it shows Christ with His eyes open. This, in itself, does not contradict Orthodox teaching, as it is an attempt to illustrate Christ as victorious over sin and death, though I feel a more suitable depiction is for His eyes to be closed, which better signify His death, his submission to the will of His Father, and His free and willing sacrifice.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Orthodox11 on August 10, 2012, 05:42:25 AM
I still think it's silly, as all you've done is put a clock ahead 6 hours; it's one thing for monks who have left the world to do it, as it directly impacts their day, but for a lay person to do it strikes me a bit odd, but to each his own.

Why not, if your schedule allows for it? Vespers is meant to be prayed at the setting of the sun, marking the beginning of the liturgical day. In parishes, compromises are necessary (Matins, which should start in the middle of the night and end with sunrise is normally sung 7 in the evening by Russians, or 8 in the morning by Greeks, for example), but this does in many ways undermine the very clear connection between the time of the services and the passing of the day, and the purpose of the services as sanctifiers of time. For most of us it would be impossible, but to those able I say go for it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on August 15, 2012, 12:07:37 AM
Completed! For a good while, anyway.  ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: NicholasMyra on August 15, 2012, 12:33:23 AM
Completed! For a good while, anyway.  ;)
Multiple Old Man Trinity icons and statuary; I admire your boldness!  :police:

That central quasi-diorama crucifixion is pretty cool.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Manalive on August 15, 2012, 12:37:49 AM
My new icon corner
(http://i48.tinypic.com/2wlspd0.jpg)

I like the "symetrical but not totally identical" thing going on :)  Some of the icons seem to be like 1/16 of an inch tilted though... I guess I'm Obsessive compulsive about that kind of thing  :D

Thanks!

Eh, it's in the corner so the actual photo might distort it a little bit. :P You're probably right about it being off though.  :)

And from Clockwise from the left: St. Papa Nicholas Planas, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Theotokos of Kazan, Christ Not Made By Hands, Pre-glorified portriat of my patron St. John of Kronstadt, St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, St. John of Kronstadt, Fr. Seraphim Rose, St. Michael the Archangel, St. George the Great Martyr, St. Andrew, St. Seraphim of Sarov, Joy of All Who Sorrow icon, St. Herman of Alaska, St. Silouan the Athonite.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on August 15, 2012, 12:50:45 AM
Multiple Old Man Trinity icons and statuary; I admire your boldness!  :police:

That central quasi-diorama crucifixion is pretty cool.

Old Man Trinity icons and statuary are the best. ;)

I love it. It's a shadowbox made in the 19th century (I believe) during the time of Pope Pius IX. It hasn't been in a church for at least 40 years, and still smells of incense! Brought it to my church to get it blessed and I had several parishioners offering to buy it outright. I managed to buy it for $10 at a flea market.  8)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: 88Devin12 on January 18, 2013, 10:14:03 PM
Thought about putting mine up for a while, finally decided to do it...

(lower-right are 3 men not yet recognized as Saints, but I feel soon will: Elder Paisios, Fr. Seraphim Rose & Patriarch Pavle. The latter was given to me by Deacon Mihailo Wilson, a very kind man, he met Patriarch Pavle shortly before his repose.)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on January 18, 2013, 10:27:23 PM
My icon corner has changed walls several times, and has changed much since I first put it up a few years ago.

I never understood why you all had such small icons, but now I do.  In my hyperdox days, I bought icons that were bigger than the ones in Church, which ended up as gifts to friends.

(Since you will wonder, that statue is my grandmother's treasured statue of St. Therese of Liseaux. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on January 18, 2013, 10:31:27 PM
Now I'm not the only one with statues in their icon corner. :p
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on January 18, 2013, 10:35:07 PM
Now I'm not the only one with statues in their icon corner. :p
;D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Antonis on January 21, 2013, 01:41:42 AM
Not sure why it's so blurry, but it's mine!

(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m492/Skaterinaki/Mobile%20Uploads/mms_picture-10.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesR on January 21, 2013, 06:20:49 PM
I might consider putting one up but I don't want to frighten or make my family feel weird. For the sake of peace, it might be best to refrain from setting one up yet.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on January 21, 2013, 06:57:10 PM
I have to put up a pic of mine (which is pretty minimalist by comparison)... one of these days...

@JamesR: Get a diptych icon and a votive candle holder. You don't need much more to start with. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on January 21, 2013, 09:41:44 PM
@JamesR: Get a diptych icon and a votive candle holder. You don't need much more to start with. :)

Second this. Some of our great saints only had a single icon they prayed before. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on January 21, 2013, 10:07:00 PM
Not sure why it's so blurry, but it's mine!

I think it adds to the picture somehow :)  Also, I quite like it. It isn't as symmetrical as the ones I normally like, but it has some kind of symmetry all it's own, and also looks more lived-in or well-used.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on January 21, 2013, 11:00:27 PM
Everyone has such large icon corners!!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on January 21, 2013, 11:52:28 PM
How long your prayer ropes are :o
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on January 21, 2013, 11:59:35 PM
How long your prayer ropes are :o
I have a 30 knot rope that I use most often.  I became acquainted with a Greek monk who sent me my 100 knot rope.  If I'm honest, I hardly use it.  I keep it there.  I'm not going to toss it into a drawer, after all.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Alveus Lacuna on January 22, 2013, 01:04:59 AM
How long your prayer ropes are :o

How many inches is yours?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: augustin717 on January 22, 2013, 01:15:35 AM
How long your prayer ropes are :o

How many inches is yours?
Let's start a new thread: my prayer rope is longer than yours.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesR on January 22, 2013, 01:30:39 AM
How do you use a Prayer Rope? I have a 33 knot one someone bought me at my Baptism but I never learned how to use it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on January 22, 2013, 01:36:18 AM
Say a prayer, move one knot, say a prayer, move one knot, etc. ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cymbyz on January 22, 2013, 01:38:00 AM
Start at the bead nearest the cross.  Say the Jesus Prayer for each knot, advancing by one knotwith fingers at the end of each repetition.  If you encounter a bead, it's permissible to say the Glory & Now on that.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Antonis on January 23, 2013, 10:11:29 PM
Not sure why it's so blurry, but it's mine!

I think it adds to the picture somehow :)  Also, I quite like it. It isn't as symmetrical as the ones I normally like, but it has some kind of symmetry all it's own, and also looks more lived-in or well-used.
I wish that were so!  :D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on January 27, 2013, 09:09:47 PM
The cell of Saint John the Wonderworker, St. Tikhon's House in San Francisco

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/774476_489433527761681_2094532886_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on January 28, 2013, 05:49:53 PM
My icon corner has changed walls several times, and has changed much since I first put it up a few years ago.

I never understood why you all had such small icons, but now I do.  In my hyperdox days, I bought icons that were bigger than the ones in Church, which ended up as gifts to friends.

(Since you will wonder, that statue is my grandmother's treasured statue of St. Therese of Liseaux. 

That's really wonderful :). Who is that depicted in the large icon on the bottom?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on January 28, 2013, 06:45:09 PM
My icon corner has changed walls several times, and has changed much since I first put it up a few years ago.

I never understood why you all had such small icons, but now I do.  In my hyperdox days, I bought icons that were bigger than the ones in Church, which ended up as gifts to friends.

(Since you will wonder, that statue is my grandmother's treasured statue of St. Therese of Liseaux. 

That's really wonderful :). Who is that depicted in the large icon on the bottom?

St Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow. He is Trevor's patron saint.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: brastaseptim on January 28, 2013, 06:58:18 PM
I'd share mine, but I sadly have no camera on hand.  :'( I can describe, however. It sort of looks like a latin side altar, complete with gradines, crucifix and candlesticks. However, I have a Christ Pantokrator in the bottom row centre, a Theotokos Hodigitria to the left, and a Sacred Heart image to the right (remember, I'm Byz. Catholic, not Orthodox), and St. Martin and St. John the Forerunner on the ends of the bottom row, right and left respectively. I have Pascha, Theophany, Nativity, and Pentecost icons arrange counterclockwise around the wall crucifix above that, with St. Anthony (of Padua; again, catholic :P )and Jude to the right, and another Theotokos and St. Joseph icon to the left. Above that, another Theotokos and St. Gregory, a diptych of Peter and Paul in the centre third row, and St.  Gabriel and Michael to the right of that. And aboe all, a Byzantinised Divine Mercy image top row and centre. Not counting the ones I take out and place centre for certain feasts (Dormition, Holy Friday epitaphios replica, Last Supper and Annunciation). And yeah, that's it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on January 28, 2013, 07:17:37 PM
My icon corner has changed walls several times, and has changed much since I first put it up a few years ago.

I never understood why you all had such small icons, but now I do.  In my hyperdox days, I bought icons that were bigger than the ones in Church, which ended up as gifts to friends.

(Since you will wonder, that statue is my grandmother's treasured statue of St. Therese of Liseaux. 

That's really wonderful :). Who is that depicted in the large icon on the bottom?

St Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow. He is Trevor's patron saint.

Oh okay. Thank you :).
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Milliardo on January 28, 2013, 07:32:56 PM
Well, here is my humble icon corner:

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll171/Milliardo_2008/Iconcorner6_zps7a99848e.jpg)

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deep Roots on February 02, 2013, 09:57:56 PM
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z163/leekrempel/2012-08-02165909_zps85aea7cf.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on February 12, 2013, 10:01:06 PM
Thought about putting mine up for a while, finally decided to do it...

(lower-right are 3 men not yet recognized as Saints, but I feel soon will: Elder Paisios, Fr. Seraphim Rose & Patriarch Pavle. The latter was given to me by Deacon Mihailo Wilson, a very kind man, he met Patriarch Pavle shortly before his repose.)

That's the prayer book from All Saints of Alaska isn't it? What do you think of it? There seems to be very little in the way of actual user reviews for it. Our parish had a copy of it at some point and I was able to flick through it - for some reason I feel drawn to it lol. Maybe because it's the first Orthodox prayer book I ever encountered. My only concern is the price since it seems like one could get both the Jordanville and HTM books for one copy of it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: dcommini on February 20, 2013, 08:06:59 PM
For those of you who haven't seen this on Facebook or Google+ the attached picture is of the icon corner I just set up at my new apartment.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nadege on February 23, 2013, 11:00:18 PM
Here is mine.

I bought this icon in Poland, in the Zoliborz district of Warsaw at St. Jerzy Popeliuszko church.  My priest here blessed it.

(http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/9812/myprayercorner.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/843/myprayercorner.jpg/)

(http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/4302/myprayercorner2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/849/myprayercorner2.jpg/)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: peacenprayer on February 23, 2013, 11:29:22 PM
Picture 1: My first icon corner back in Peterborough.

Picture 2: My current icon corner in Thunder Bay. With the exception of two my icons are all laminated paper, so I framed them.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on February 23, 2013, 11:31:41 PM
Both very good.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on February 24, 2013, 12:58:03 AM
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z163/leekrempel/2012-08-02165909_zps85aea7cf.jpg)

Its wonderful to see the icon of St. Marie Skobtsova. I've recently learned about her. She is now one of my favorites.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Antonis on February 24, 2013, 01:53:04 AM
Picture 1: My first icon corner back in Peterborough.

Picture 2: My current icon corner in Thunder Bay. With the exception of two my icons are all laminated paper, so I framed them.
St. Kosmas Aitolos  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deep Roots on February 24, 2013, 10:41:45 AM
Its wonderful to see the icon of St. Marie Skobtsova. I've recently learned about her. She is now one of my favorites.  :)
yes! such a beautiful saint!

I found her after a long search for the Orthodox Dorothy Day.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Andrew21091 on February 24, 2013, 11:36:45 PM
Its wonderful to see the icon of St. Marie Skobtsova. I've recently learned about her. She is now one of my favorites.  :)
yes! such a beautiful saint!

I found her after a long search for the Orthodox Dorothy Day.

Similar to how I found her.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on February 25, 2013, 01:26:04 AM
I had to expand it thanks to the not-so-small icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov that I received for Christmas. :P

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/973e6c21abc8f143d4adf3b6f2d13a0c/tumblr_mi6ub4xWQP1rmin96o1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Gebre Menfes Kidus on February 26, 2013, 07:33:48 AM
I had to expand it thanks to the not-so-small icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov that I received for Christmas. :P

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/973e6c21abc8f143d4adf3b6f2d13a0c/tumblr_mi6ub4xWQP1rmin96o1_1280.jpg)


So beautiful.



Selam
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on April 02, 2013, 08:43:00 PM
This is my current prayer/icon corner.  It's on top of a chest of drawers, in front of an east-facing window.  The icon is a copy of the Crucifixion mosaic in the Monastery of Daphni in Athens.  In time, I'd like to get slightly bigger icons of the Theotokos and Christ, some smaller votive candle holders, a small handheld cross, and additional prayer books.   Sorry for the poor photo quality - it was taken with a cellphone and the light quality is poor in that part of the room.

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on April 02, 2013, 10:51:12 PM
This is my current prayer/icon corner.  It's on top of a chest of drawers, in front of an east-facing window.  The icon is a copy of the Crucifixion mosaic in the Monastery of Daphni in Athens.  In time, I'd like to get slightly bigger icons of the Theotokos and Christ, some smaller votive candle holders, a small handheld cross, and additional prayer books.   Sorry for the poor photo quality - it was taken with a cellphone and the light quality is poor in that part of the room.



That's beautiful :).
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on April 03, 2013, 09:38:24 PM
This is my current prayer/icon corner.  It's on top of a chest of drawers, in front of an east-facing window.  The icon is a copy of the Crucifixion mosaic in the Monastery of Daphni in Athens.  In time, I'd like to get slightly bigger icons of the Theotokos and Christ, some smaller votive candle holders, a small handheld cross, and additional prayer books.   Sorry for the poor photo quality - it was taken with a cellphone and the light quality is poor in that part of the room.



That's beautiful :).

Thanks icecreamsandwich :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mike on April 10, 2013, 08:09:36 AM
found on the internet:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/58295_1436393867725_6175359_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: jmbejdl on April 10, 2013, 08:31:23 AM
Looks like it could be Romanian (don't know if anyone else uses those scarves over their icons, though) but the next Romanian home I go in that has a specific icon 'corner' rather than icons dotted around the home with the family photographs (as in this picture) will be the first. We've never had one, never have I had a priest suggest we ought to have one and I've never really got it when people talk about them on here, which is why I've never posted a picture of my icons. Many (but by no means all) of our icons are on a particular wall and I do keep all our prayer books, bibles etc. in a bookshelf on the adjoining wall because it's convenient but describing it as an icon corner would be a stretch - and to be honest what we have would be far closer to an 'icon corner' than most Romanians in Romania would tend to have. I can assure you that the television being below those icons in the picture is almost certainly incidental.

James
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on April 10, 2013, 08:37:10 AM
Quote
(don't know if anyone else uses those scarves over their icons, though)

Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians and likely other Slavs decorate their icons with embroidered "scarves". They're called rushniki.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on April 10, 2013, 08:55:41 AM
My grandparents' house had a niche for the icons built into the wall, and it had its own miniature curtains, as well.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on May 25, 2013, 01:14:05 AM
Where does everyone find their icons of Fr. Seraphim Rose?I've been looking for one but can't find one.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Hinterlander on May 25, 2013, 03:15:14 AM
Where does everyone find their icons of Fr. Seraphim Rose?I've been looking for one but can't find one.

Uncut Mountain Supply has several.

http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/search.php?search_query=seraphim+rose&x=-1404&y=-213 (http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/search.php?search_query=seraphim+rose&x=-1404&y=-213)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 25, 2013, 06:14:54 AM
Where does everyone find their icons of Fr. Seraphim Rose?I've been looking for one but can't find one.

Uncut Mountain Supply has several.

http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/search.php?search_query=seraphim+rose&x=-1404&y=-213 (http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/search.php?search_query=seraphim+rose&x=-1404&y=-213)

A pity two of them show him with a halo - he hasn't been proclaimed a saint yet. And the third one has his worldly surname Rose in the inscription, instead of the proper appellation of Platina.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: truthseeker32 on May 25, 2013, 12:42:44 PM
I don't know if I could have an icon of the divine ascent in my prayer corner. The sight of souls being dragged to damnation by dark demons would surely distract me from prayer.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 25, 2013, 04:16:54 PM
I don't know if I could have an icon of the divine ascent in my prayer corner. The sight of souls being dragged to damnation by dark demons would surely distract me from prayer.

FINALLY I found someone who feels the same way I do about that icon. I can't stand looking at it - it's very disheartening to me.  :-[ Definitely not one I will ever have in my home.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: SolEX01 on May 25, 2013, 04:24:09 PM
I don't know if I could have an icon of the divine ascent in my prayer corner. The sight of souls being dragged to damnation by dark demons would surely distract me from prayer.

FINALLY I found someone who feels the same way I do about that icon. I can't stand looking at it - it's very disheartening to me.  :-[ Definitely not one I will ever have in my home.

Christ is Risen!

I would view a soul being dragged to damnation as motivation to be a more humble person in all aspects of life, not something that is disheartening and distracting.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 25, 2013, 04:36:12 PM
I don't know if I could have an icon of the divine ascent in my prayer corner. The sight of souls being dragged to damnation by dark demons would surely distract me from prayer.

FINALLY I found someone who feels the same way I do about that icon. I can't stand looking at it - it's very disheartening to me.  :-[ Definitely not one I will ever have in my home.

Christ is Risen!

I would view a soul being dragged to damnation as motivation to be a more humble person in all aspects of life, not something that is disheartening and distracting.

I don't know, I just feel very sad for the damned souls while looking at that icon. I don't have an icons of the Last Judgment for the same reason. It's just my own personal quirk.

Back on topic here are some pictures of my "corner" which is actually a dresser. One day I'll have them in a proper corner but I'm a little cramped for space right now.


(http://i.imgur.com/hmjs8TD.jpg?1)
(http://i39.tinypic.com/2vbpow4.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 25, 2013, 07:31:20 PM
I don't know if I could have an icon of the divine ascent in my prayer corner. The sight of souls being dragged to damnation by dark demons would surely distract me from prayer.

The Ladder of Divine Ascent is a didactic image, i.e. intended primarily to teach a moral lesson, rather than primarily for veneration as a conventional icon. IIRC, it first appeared as a manuscript illumination in a document of monastic or patristic literature, and was later reproduced as a stand-alone panel or mural.

To not wish to have it in one's icon corner is no biggie.  :) Though, OTOH, it does reflect the old monastic adage exhorting humility of keep your mind in hell, and despair not.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesR on May 25, 2013, 09:09:15 PM
Mine is very modest and small, but it is growing. Every time I make some money, I put a little bit aside for Icons. Right now I have a large Resurrection Icon as well as a small St. George Icon, I have two Theotokos Icons coming in the mail right now. I'll post pictures once I get them.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on May 25, 2013, 10:07:32 PM
Back on topic here are some pictures of my "corner" which is actually a dresser. One day I'll have them in a proper corner but I'm a little cramped for space right now.


(http://i.imgur.com/hmjs8TD.jpg?1)
(http://i39.tinypic.com/2vbpow4.jpg)

Beautiful :)  The icons are lovely and I like the personal touches like the glass flowers and the embroidered Orthodox cloth. :)  Can I ask where you purchased your icons and the cloth from?

Deborah
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 25, 2013, 10:25:45 PM
Hi Deborah, the cloth is vintage and was from eBay. The seller is named "mytsarina" and she usually has a bunch of them for sale. If there's a particular icon you're wondering about, PM me because they were bought from all different places!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: jwinch2 on May 25, 2013, 11:12:55 PM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)

Beautiful, very beautiful.  Do you mind if I ask where you got those icons?


God bless,
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: truthseeker32 on May 26, 2013, 12:47:00 AM
keep your mind in hell, and despair not.
This line might need to be explained to me. Hell seems like the last place anyone would want to have their mind.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Antonis on May 26, 2013, 12:49:30 AM
keep your mind in hell, and despair not.
This line might need to be explained to me. Hell seems like the last place anyone would want to have their mind.
Think of the torments of hell to avoid temptation and sin, I believe.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 26, 2013, 06:12:54 AM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010875.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010872.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a298/xcreativenamex/P1010877.jpg)

Beautiful, very beautiful.  Do you mind if I ask where you got those icons?


God bless,

The large one of the Mother of God on the left is the famous Vladimirskaya (Virgin of Vladimir), originally painted in 1132 in Constantinople for a Russian patron. The large icon of Christ is the central panel of a triptych (the other panels being of the Mother of God and St John the Baptist in supplication to Christ) from the Dionysiou Monastery at Mt Athos. Painted in the mid-15th century, this series is one of the very finest examples of the Cretan School of iconography, and a personal favorite.

The small icon to the upper right of the shelf (one of four surrounding the shelf) is of Great-martyr Catherine, from the later Cretan School period, and modeled on Venetian paintings of the saint.

All three of these are well-known, and should be readily available at many icon sellers. The two lower ones in the group of four are St Onouphrius the Great, and the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.

The other icons (other than the San Damiano crucifix) are not distinct enough for me to identify them.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cyrillic on May 26, 2013, 07:36:38 AM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on May 26, 2013, 07:41:42 AM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

They do. Cheaper than in shops, as well.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: jwinch2 on May 26, 2013, 08:14:08 AM

The large one of the Mother of God on the left is the famous Vladimirskaya (Virgin of Vladimir), originally painted in 1132 in Constantinople for a Russian patron. The large icon of Christ is the central panel of a triptych (the other panels being of the Mother of God and St John the Baptist in supplication to Christ) from the Dionysiou Monastery at Mt Athos. Painted in the mid-15th century, this series is one of the very finest examples of the Cretan School of iconography, and a personal favorite.

The small icon to the upper right of the shelf (one of four surrounding the shelf) is of Great-martyr Catherine, from the later Cretan School period, and modeled on Venetian paintings of the saint.

All three of these are well-known, and should be readily available at many icon sellers. The two lower ones in the group of four are St Onouphrius the Great, and the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.

The other icons (other than the San Damiano crucifix) are not distinct enough for me to identify them.
Thanks for that. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tommelomsky on May 26, 2013, 11:41:57 AM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

Blessed journey. I dream of going there..but it would be a brutal experience for a new orthodox as I am, at this stage.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on May 26, 2013, 02:06:19 PM
Where does everyone find their icons of Fr. Seraphim Rose?I've been looking for one but can't find one.

Uncut Mountain Supply has several.

http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/search.php?search_query=seraphim+rose&x=-1404&y=-213 (http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/search.php?search_query=seraphim+rose&x=-1404&y=-213)

A pity two of them show him with a halo - he hasn't been proclaimed a saint yet. And the third one has his worldly surname Rose in the inscription, instead of the proper appellation of Platina.

Christ is Risen!

Thank you! I just ordered one(with halo) but it bothered me less than the one that uses Rose, maybe that's just me.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesR on May 26, 2013, 02:16:56 PM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

Ask if they have St. Augustine of Hippo for me and if they look at you like you have lobsters climbing out of your ears, tell them it's for a friend  :D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mabsoota on May 26, 2013, 03:45:50 PM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

be sure to update us!
may God guide u on your journey.

by the way, nearly all my icons (in my icon area) are paper ones. it works well for moving house a lot!
i hope that doesn't look bad.
i do have 3 wooden ones (prints on wood, not painted, i think oriental orthodox specialise in cheap icons!)
which are scattered (if a number as small as 3 can be 'scattered'!) through the house.
i think i'll leave at that until i am not the only orthodox person in the house (my excuse for not having smart icon corner worthy of photo).
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cyrillic on May 26, 2013, 04:10:49 PM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

be sure to update us!
may God guide u on your journey.

I'll upload some nice photos when I return  :)

I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

Ask if they have St. Augustine of Hippo for me and if they look at you like you have lobsters climbing out of your ears, tell them it's for a friend  :D

I'll try lol.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: WPM on May 26, 2013, 04:36:17 PM
I have a prayer corner with a mirror and small icons.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tommelomsky on May 26, 2013, 04:41:02 PM
It is not excactly a prayer corner I have as there are no room for it here, but a prayerplace with icons yes.
Unfortunately due to some people and their comments about icons, I do not feel like sharing pictures.

Wish not to be accused of heresy and "icon love" again.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Romaios on May 26, 2013, 04:54:11 PM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

Just a piece of advice: you probably won't afford very many expensive handmade icons, so if you go to Vatopaidi, Iviron or other such monasteries, you can buy very good reproductions of some of their frescoes and other icons. These are high quality, large and affordable - at Vatopaidi they come in folders which cost less then 5 Euro (there's one with the frescos of Panselinos and one with the "mobile" icons IIRC). Once you are back you can "mount" them on planks of wood or frame them. This way you should be able to save a lot of money and luggage room.

(http://www.stamoulis.gr/Images/Products/19456.jpg) (http://www.stamoulis.gr/Images/Products/26670.jpg) (http://www.stamoulis.gr/Images/Products/19455.jpg)

http://www.stamoulis.gr/ViewShopCategory.aspx?CategoryId=57701&direction=2&orderby=99&PageSize=20&pageno=5 (http://www.stamoulis.gr/ViewShopCategory.aspx?CategoryId=57701&direction=2&orderby=99&PageSize=20&pageno=5)

As for books, I think I already mentioned this to you:

http://www.ekdoseispapadimitriou.gr/ProductDetails.aspx?Product=55 (http://www.ekdoseispapadimitriou.gr/ProductDetails.aspx?Product=55)

(http://www.ekdoseispapadimitriou.gr/Graphics/Products/%ce%95%ce%9a%200025.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on May 27, 2013, 09:37:39 AM
It is not excactly a prayer corner I have as there are no room for it here, but a prayerplace with icons yes.
Unfortunately due to some people and their comments about icons, I do not feel like sharing pictures.

Wish not to be accused of heresy and "icon love" again.

dont pay attention to the haters
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on May 27, 2013, 09:43:48 AM
I don't know if I could have an icon of the divine ascent in my prayer corner. The sight of souls being dragged to damnation by dark demons would surely distract me from prayer.

FINALLY I found someone who feels the same way I do about that icon. I can't stand looking at it - it's very disheartening to me.  :-[ Definitely not one I will ever have in my home.

Christ is Risen!

I would view a soul being dragged to damnation as motivation to be a more humble person in all aspects of life, not something that is disheartening and distracting.

I have it in mine. For some reason, it has always been one of my favorite icons.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tommelomsky on May 27, 2013, 07:59:28 PM
Will soon have that icon too, as a lesson and reminder.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on May 27, 2013, 08:45:24 PM
I went through a period of buying every icon that caught my eye, thinking I'd learn the saint's story at a later time.  I didn't know the names of the figures in 1/3 of my icon corner!  I've since down-sized, and use the icons that don't really have significant meaning to me as gifts.  I only have my "patron saints" - saints my nun friend says chose me.  I ask their special prayers when I pray.

It'll probably get smaller as I move to university in August, though I'm paying for my own room (only about $500/semester, as I got a HUGE scholarship that is paying for everything else) specifically for the reason that I want to be able to pray in my room without having to worry about offending or disturbing a roommate.  (If any of you are going to university in Southern Colorado, message me, maybe we can be roomies! ;) )
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mike on May 28, 2013, 03:51:54 AM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

They do. Cheaper than in shops, as well.

What kind of shops do you have?! From what I've heard from others Athos is the worst place to buy anything since their prices are unimaginable.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on May 28, 2013, 08:35:54 AM
I'll be off to Mt. Athos in a few days. I hope they sell some icons there to add to my icon corner.

They do. Cheaper than in shops, as well.

What kind of shops do you have?! From what I've heard from others Athos is the worst place to buy anything since their prices are unimaginable.

Depends. I would imagine it's better to buy directly from the source, without having shipping and retailer profit raise the prices further.

I have two hand-painted icons from Athos (with authenticity certificates); a triptych and a hanging one. I got them in a souvenir shop in Monastiraki, not a 'serious' church supplier, back in 2007 for nearly €100. What would you expect to pay today?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Orthodox11 on May 28, 2013, 08:48:23 AM
What kind of shops do you have?! From what I've heard from others Athos is the worst place to buy anything since their prices are unimaginable.

Only if you buy from the monastery shops or from the tourist shops in Ouranopouli (for those over excited people who buy things before they even get on the boat).

If you go to one of the shops in Daphne, icons are pretty cheap...certainly much cheaper than you could get them in the US or Western Europe, or on one of the main English-languge websites.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on May 29, 2013, 05:32:10 AM
Hi Deborah, the cloth is vintage and was from eBay. The seller is named "mytsarina" and she usually has a bunch of them for sale. If there's a particular icon you're wondering about, PM me because they were bought from all different places!

Thanks Kelly!  After posting, I saw your post on the other thread on where to buy icons.  I'll check out "mytsarina" and the other eBay shops you linked to.  Thanks again :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cyrillic on May 29, 2013, 05:46:56 AM
I got them in a souvenir shop in Monastiraki, not a 'serious' church supplier

That's where I got my icons from as well. It's a small world.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cyrillic on May 29, 2013, 05:51:23 AM
If you go to one of the shops in Daphne, icons are pretty cheap...certainly much cheaper than you could get them in the US or Western Europe, or on one of the main English-languge websites.

That's some great advice. I think I'll buy them in Daphne.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on May 29, 2013, 06:01:14 AM
I got them in a souvenir shop in Monastiraki, not a 'serious' church supplier

That's where I got my icons from as well. It's a small world.

Probably from the same shop, in Areos Street. ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cyrillic on May 29, 2013, 06:06:50 AM
I got them in a souvenir shop in Monastiraki, not a 'serious' church supplier

That's where I got my icons from as well. It's a small world.

Probably from the same shop, in Areos Street. ;)

How... how did you know?  :o
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on May 29, 2013, 06:31:32 AM
I got them in a souvenir shop in Monastiraki, not a 'serious' church supplier

That's where I got my icons from as well. It's a small world.

Probably from the same shop, in Areos Street. ;)

How... how did you know?  :o

I know the area very well. It's been one of my favourite places to shop since I was a teenager.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on March 07, 2014, 01:08:52 AM
I had to expand it thanks to the not-so-small icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov that I received for Christmas. :P

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/973e6c21abc8f143d4adf3b6f2d13a0c/tumblr_mi6ub4xWQP1rmin96o1_1280.jpg)

And this is my current one, after having moved:

(https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31/1524413_10202313686577636_324931825_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on March 07, 2014, 02:39:53 PM
I had to expand it thanks to the not-so-small icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov that I received for Christmas. :P

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/973e6c21abc8f143d4adf3b6f2d13a0c/tumblr_mi6ub4xWQP1rmin96o1_1280.jpg)

And this is my current one, after having moved:

(https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31/1524413_10202313686577636_324931825_o.jpg)

Nice! :)

Nephi, what's the book sitting with the spine facing out in the centre front of your icon corner? Thanks!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on March 07, 2014, 03:05:40 PM
Nice! :)

Nephi, what's the book sitting with the spine facing out in the centre front of your icon corner? Thanks!

Thank you!

It's the St. Philip's Prayer Manual, which can be found here (http://www.stphilipsprayerdiscipline.org/).
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on March 07, 2014, 09:14:57 PM
This is my exceedingly temporary arrangement, since I just moved.  I either need to add shelves, or buy a wider bookcase, since this isn't all of them.....

(I, [inherited/saved from ignominious treatment]  icons and a hand cross from an Orthodox-leaning uncle who was being moved to hospice care, so my 'what would you like?' was 'anything that looks Orthodox' and I got a whole box full of stuff.)

[(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i271/neecerie/IMG_0018.jpg) (http://s74.photobucket.com/user/neecerie/media/IMG_0018.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on March 07, 2014, 10:35:37 PM
I have a cross like that in my icon corner, although I suspect mine is smaller than yours: that looks like a weapon! 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on March 07, 2014, 10:40:46 PM
I have a cross like that in my icon corner, although I suspect mine is smaller than yours: that looks like a weapon! 

It's huge (in the range of 10-12 inches) and metal with blue enamel....and nothing specific to hang it from, so until I come up with some cunning plan....it was amongst the 'stash of Orthodoxy' from my uncle.

I do suspect that it could double as an intruder deflection instrument, yes!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: xOrthodox4Christx on March 07, 2014, 10:58:03 PM
I have a cross like that in my icon corner, although I suspect mine is smaller than yours: that looks like a weapon! 

That comment brought this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHEk_kaXmTk) to mind.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on March 07, 2014, 11:51:04 PM
I rather like that version of the Old Testament Trinity.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on March 07, 2014, 11:52:35 PM
I rather like that version of the Old Testament Trinity.

So do I.  But I also like the New Testament Trinity.  ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on March 07, 2014, 11:56:04 PM
due to their 'hand me down' status, I checked them all with LBK before I put them up.

There are some not up there that I had to play 'Google' with....like 'georgian icon man holding a building' and then just trawl through pages of images until i found the right one.

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on March 08, 2014, 12:02:22 AM
I rather like that version of the Old Testament Trinity.

So do I.  But I also like the New Testament Trinity.  ;)
The Old Testament Trinity is way more cool and mysterious, being before the incarnation and all that. ;)

Although if you look at the pictures of my older icon corners, you'll see that I do have a soft spot for the New Testament Trinity as well. 8)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on March 08, 2014, 08:23:41 AM
Nephi, I want that diorama so badly, you have no idea!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on March 08, 2014, 09:32:38 AM
Nephi, I want that diorama so badly, you have no idea!

I managed to find mine pretty cheap ($10-$20), but if you want one badly enough, they can be found on eBay sometimes from $50 to $200. I remember taking it to church to get it blessed shortly after buying it, and a random parishioner sees it and offers me $50 on the spot for it, lol. :P
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Eastern Mind on March 08, 2014, 11:05:04 AM
I have a humble little cross over my bed. It's not much, but it's still important to me :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on March 08, 2014, 03:26:22 PM
Nice! :)

Nephi, what's the book sitting with the spine facing out in the centre front of your icon corner? Thanks!

Thank you!

It's the St. Philip's Prayer Manual, which can be found here (http://www.stphilipsprayerdiscipline.org/).

Thanks for that Nephi :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on March 23, 2014, 01:15:35 AM
An updated Icon corner:

(http://s2.postimg.org/4nclej5jd/Photo_on_3_23_14_at_1_34_AM.jpg)

Mostly paper Icons that are a blend of Coptic, Byzantine, and Ethiopian styles.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mabsoota on March 23, 2014, 11:09:43 AM
then u are a true copt!
 :D


(mine's the same (lacking the ethiopian ones so far) and so are icons in most coptic homes i visited except for a few wealthy people who don't have so many paper ones)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on March 23, 2014, 03:41:19 PM
^Who's the icon of in the top-right, to the right of the Christ-chalice one?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Severian on March 23, 2014, 04:29:20 PM
^Sts. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on March 23, 2014, 05:59:17 PM
^Sts. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria.

Neat, thanks.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: romaliz on March 26, 2014, 03:30:34 PM
(http://i1325.photobucket.com/albums/u640/theromanenkos/DSC_1156_zps320209a6.jpg) (http://s1325.photobucket.com/user/theromanenkos/media/DSC_1156_zps320209a6.jpg.html)

Here's ours. Luckily, we had an East facing wall area built in!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: WPM on March 26, 2014, 03:45:24 PM
Pretty cool! .. I have a prayer corner as well. Thank you for sharing
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LukeDM on April 03, 2014, 08:34:57 PM
First post!

My prayer corner usually:

(http://i.imgur.com/xJPMJfIl.jpg)

My lenten prayer corner:

(http://i.imgur.com/xLcliYTl.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Salpy on April 03, 2014, 09:03:14 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LukeDM on April 03, 2014, 09:11:54 PM
Welcome to the forum!

Thank you!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on April 03, 2014, 09:40:36 PM
^Welcome, that's a nice little icon corner. The lighting's also neat.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LukeDM on April 04, 2014, 12:09:18 PM
^Welcome, that's a nice little icon corner. The lighting's also neat.

Thank you very much!  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on April 25, 2014, 07:08:15 PM
A quick question (well two haha).

I know the convention for an icon corner is to have an icon of Christ, one of the Theotokos, and one's patron saint, but how does one choose *which* icon type to choose?

Second, where does one get wall crosses?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on April 25, 2014, 07:13:41 PM
Quote
but how does one choose *which* icon type to choose?

Personal preference, as long as the icons are canonical in content.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on April 25, 2014, 09:42:18 PM
romaliz, your icon of Grand Duchess Elizabeth is beautiful! Where did you get it?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on April 25, 2014, 09:55:13 PM
Second, where does one get wall crosses?

Many of the places that carry icons and prints will also sell various crosses. Some places can be found mentioned in this recent thread (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,56861.0.html).
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on April 25, 2014, 09:59:23 PM
Second, where does one get wall crosses?

I'm not sure where others have got them, but you can find them on Ebay easily enough.

While it's not in my icon corner since I already have a crucifix shadowbox, I have this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautiful-Art-on-5-Inch-Wood-Cimabue-Wall-Cross-Crucifix-/180916244406?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1f72cfb6):

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqQOKj!E26J262!qBNwIj-r9I!~~_35.JPG)

It's on the small side, but nice.

Then, getting more expensive, there are bigger ones like this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Three-Bar-Orthodox-Cross-w-Prayer-8-Jesus-Christ-Russian-Icon-Wall-Crucifix-/400697994091?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d4b762b6b):

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzYzWDUyMA==/z/9sEAAMXQqC9SNzPo/$T2eC16ZHJHkFFlt-En1kBSNzPoZirQ~~60_35.JPG)

Just do an Ebay search for "Orthodox wall cross" or "Orthodox wall crucifix." Or look at stores that sell icons like Asteriktos said.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on April 25, 2014, 10:20:20 PM
I know the convention for an icon corner is to have an icon of Christ, one of the Theotokos, and one's patron saint, but how does one choose *which* icon type to choose?

Sometimes, they pick you. 

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Second, where does one get wall crosses?

I've never bought a wall cross.  I received one as a gift of sorts which I hang on the wall from September to November.  I have a few hand crosses which are easy enough to hang on the wall if desired, but I don't usually do that. 

Currently, I have this (http://syrianorthodoxchurch.org/store/church-articles/wooden-table-cross/) on the table in front of my icons (it looks better than the picture at the link, but it is just that simple).  I have a few of these table crosses (mostly Indian, but one Armenian and one Greek)...I bought one for my burial and I liked it so much I was hooked.  :)   
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on April 28, 2014, 04:55:04 AM
Second, where does one get wall crosses?

I have a St Brigid's cross, handmade in Ireland (with reeds from the Shannon, even). It's particularly good for tucking other greenery in, like flowers from the Epitaphion currently. ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Eruvande on April 28, 2014, 02:12:32 PM
Potentially silly question alert. I have a number of icons. Do I have to keep them in a corner together? With candles and incense?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on April 28, 2014, 02:22:50 PM
Potentially silly question alert. I have a number of icons. Do I have to keep them in a corner together? With candles and incense?

You don't have to, on either counts.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on April 28, 2014, 02:29:37 PM
Potentially silly question alert. I have a number of icons. Do I have to keep them in a corner together? With candles and incense?

No.  You can do that, but you can also designate a "corner" where you will pray, keep one or two icons there, and put the others wherever you'd like.  Candles and incense are nice, but also not necessary everywhere.  

I keep two candles in my "corner" (it's really not a corner, but the wall facing East), but I rarely light them, instead I keep an oil lamp burning before them.  I don't use incense.  Not all of my icons are in the corner, but only a few.  Elsewhere in my living space, I have a couple of icons which are just on the wall or on a shelf, etc., but nothing fancy, and most of the icons I've acquired over the years I keep in "storage" except when "seasonally appropriate".  There's a lot of freedom when it comes to things like this--there are some basic "common" elements, but a lot of leeway.  
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Eruvande on April 28, 2014, 03:37:49 PM
Thank you for your help. I'm currently trying to find space to set up a place to pray regularly and want some of my icons there (I don't have tons, just a couple of the Theotokos, a couple of Christ, and one of St Anthony)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on April 29, 2014, 12:22:19 AM
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DQBnFm-UeNA/U18t43RIqPI/AAAAAAAAAFU/NWrDvnyB5wY/w740-h553-no/photo.JPG)
A little shelf in a little closet in a little room in my basement.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on April 29, 2014, 12:44:49 AM
What a good Orthodox you are: "small" Jesus and "big" St George.  :P
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on April 29, 2014, 12:49:27 AM
What a good Orthodox you are: "small" Jesus and "big" St George.  :P

LOL, but Christ is present three times on my shelf... ;D

St. George was the first icon I ever got.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 07, 2014, 08:44:54 PM
The new and improved version....woo for power tools!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/13947421858_25a2ca5c39_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 07, 2014, 08:50:09 PM
I like how the Oak of Mamre is growing out of the Trinity icon and up your wall. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 07, 2014, 08:52:21 PM
I like how the Oak of Mamre is growing out of the Trinity icon and up your wall. 

 :-[

That's what this years palms-with-a-pussywillow-tied to it looked like....that placement was better than in -front- with icons playing tropical hide-n-seek...

last year Pascha was so late that the palms were tiny....this year we evidently hit the palm-jackpot
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 07, 2014, 08:57:31 PM
last year Pascha was so late that the palms were tiny....this year we evidently hit the palm-jackpot

I wish more churches stocked olive branches on Palm Sunday.  I've only ever seen them at Italian RC parishes. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 07, 2014, 09:00:57 PM
last year Pascha was so late that the palms were tiny....this year we evidently hit the palm-jackpot

I wish more churches stocked olive branches on Palm Sunday.  I've only ever seen them at Italian RC parishes. 

maybe i can convince someone to add them to our bouquets, making it a triumvirate of symbolic vegetation!   ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on May 08, 2014, 09:03:25 AM
The new and improved version....woo for power tools!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/13947421858_25a2ca5c39_c.jpg)
Is the Cross metal or wood?  Nice icon corner :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 08, 2014, 10:27:35 AM
The new and improved version....woo for power tools!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/13947421858_25a2ca5c39_c.jpg)
Is the Cross metal or wood?  Nice icon corner :)

It is enameled metal.  Like everything except the large Costantine and Helen and the tiny paper Juvenal the Cross actually belonged to my uncle, currently in hospice care. When the family cleaned and sold his house, we each got things we wanted. I asked my cousin to set aside anything with a cross or that was icon-y

My larger family are iconoclasts, but this one uncle had a 'thing' for orthodoxy   The tall icon on the right side of the shelf is St. David the Restorer of Georgia. We have family there and my uncle taught school there for a while too.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: gueranger on May 09, 2014, 01:05:21 PM

It is preferable to be on an eastern corner, however, if your door will hit the Icons it's okay to place them in a more decent place. :)


Why would an eastern corner be preferable to an eastern wall?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on May 09, 2014, 01:10:32 PM

It is preferable to be on an eastern corner, however, if your door will hit the Icons it's okay to place them in a more decent place. :)


Why would an eastern corner be preferable to an eastern wall?

Anything eastern is ideal, regardless of it being a corner or a wall or whatever. Plenty of people have "icon walls" and it's just a matter of custom and preference.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 03:55:24 PM
I've never had an icon corner, per se. Before I redid my room and got more space for things, all of my icons were on my dresser. Now I have everything on a little table. I have no idea if the table is on the eastern side or not, isn't that bad?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 09, 2014, 04:41:05 PM
I've never had an icon corner, per se. Before I redid my room and got more space for things, all of my icons were on my dresser. Now I have everything on a little table. I have no idea if the table is on the eastern side or not, isn't that bad?

if it makes you feel better...mine faces west..;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 05:01:47 PM
I've never had an icon corner, per se. Before I redid my room and got more space for things, all of my icons were on my dresser. Now I have everything on a little table. I have no idea if the table is on the eastern side or not, isn't that bad?

if it makes you feel better...mine faces west..;)

Everything Western is evil!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on May 09, 2014, 08:28:09 PM
I've never had an icon corner, per se. Before I redid my room and got more space for things, all of my icons were on my dresser. Now I have everything on a little table. I have no idea if the table is on the eastern side or not, isn't that bad?

if it makes you feel better...mine faces west..;)

Yeah, I think mine faces west as well. :angel:

East may be ideal, but I don't think it's important enough to have to rearrange everything for it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 09, 2014, 08:30:31 PM
I've never had an icon corner, per se. Before I redid my room and got more space for things, all of my icons were on my dresser. Now I have everything on a little table. I have no idea if the table is on the eastern side or not, isn't that bad?

if it makes you feel better...mine faces west..;)

Yeah, I think mine faces west as well. :angel:

East may be ideal, but I don't think it's important enough to have to rearrange everything for it.

exactly....houses are not -built- to all have a good location that works...it's more important that one uses it...than which direction it faces, especially if it makes it in a spot that will discourage prayer.

granted..I can always use improvement in the pray more....first to admit that...
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 08:33:14 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 09, 2014, 08:34:11 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.


Maybe she was up there to kiss the Theotokos?! :angel:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 09, 2014, 08:53:34 PM
Yeah, I think mine faces west as well. :angel:

East may be ideal, but I don't think it's important enough to have to rearrange everything for it.

I never had a "corner", always a wall with table or, when in college, the top of a dresser.  Sometimes West was the best I could do, other times Southeastish, but the majority of the time East worked out. 

But for us, East is actually more important than facing the icon, so our piety would not see anything odd about praying toward the East even with the icons on a Northern, Southern, or even Western wall.  Personally, I never managed to choose East over icon of my own volition, but I've been in such a position many times before.   
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on May 09, 2014, 08:59:17 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.

I have a home-made "table" (i.e. cloth-covered board) that's currently setting on a smaller bookcase, and I've seen a cat on it more than once and knocking icons off on occasion. I even came home one day to see a blessed rose I received a couple years back apparently devoured, with just part of the stem and crumbs left. I really don't understand that one.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 09:09:57 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.


Maybe she was up there to kiss the Theotokos?! :angel:

Honestly, she walks around licking EVERYTHING, so that might not be too far off.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 09, 2014, 09:11:20 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.

She's not being blasphemous at all. In fact, cats are the only creature which is allowed inside a church, including the altar area. There's even a canon about it somewhere.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 09, 2014, 09:12:13 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.


Maybe she was up there to kiss the Theotokos?! :angel:

Honestly, she walks around licking EVERYTHING, so that might not be too far off.

See? Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!  :D
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 09:13:17 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.

She's not being blasphemous at all. In fact, cats are the only creature which is allowed inside a church, including the altar area. There's even a canon about it somewhere.  :)

I really hope you're not joking.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 09, 2014, 09:25:07 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on May 09, 2014, 09:30:04 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 

Walks into the church, or walks into the altar? Either way *scratches head*.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 09, 2014, 09:30:46 PM
Into the church. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 09, 2014, 09:32:29 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 

Someone *cough Mor Cough* needs to go on a quest....
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 09, 2014, 09:36:08 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 

There is indeed a canon which I remember reading, IIRC from a Russian local council, which confirmed existing practice. Unfortunately, I have been unable to retrace the source.

Moreover, priests, married and monastic, of Greek and Russian traditions, have confirmed this feline privilege when I've asked them about it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on May 09, 2014, 09:41:59 PM
Into the church. 

Wow - wonder how that one came about...
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 09:49:22 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 

I'm assuming there is an exception for guide dogs?

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 09, 2014, 09:52:11 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 

I'm assuming there is an exception for guide dogs?



If there isn't, there should be.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 09:53:08 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 

I'm assuming there is an exception for guide dogs?



If there isn't, there should be.

LBK, if you're ever able to find any written source for the kitty canon, please post it or PM it to me. This is cracking me up.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on May 09, 2014, 09:54:07 PM
Into the church. 

Would this count for outdoor chapel/altars? Holy Cross Hermitage (WV) has one as well as a few dogs (and cats IIRC), but I don't imagine they would in either case even though the dogs have probably wound up there at least once.

(http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/01newstucture/images/churches/BishGabWV1.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 09, 2014, 09:55:04 PM
I really hope you're not joking.

I've never heard of a canon allowing cats and only cats in the church and in the altar.  The closest thing to it I've heard is a canon which says that a church needs to be re-consecrated if a dog walks in, but not if a cat walks in.  But I've never actually read that one or even seen a solid reference...it's like the Holy Grail of canons. 

I'm assuming there is an exception for guide dogs?



If there isn't, there should be.

LBK, if you're ever able to find any written source for the kitty canon, please post it or PM it to me. This is cracking me up.

Believe me, I'd love to find it again as well!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 09, 2014, 09:55:48 PM
I'm assuming there is an exception for guide dogs?

Were there guide dogs at the time of the canon?  I can't imagine they would be a problem, but I doubt such things were in the mind of the bishops.    

Nowadays, I can't see a bishop requiring a church to be re-consecrated if an animal happens to walk in.  Plenty already do.  ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 09, 2014, 09:56:58 PM
Would this count for outdoor chapel/altars? Holy Cross Hermitage (WV) has one as well as a few dogs (and cats IIRC), but I don't imagine they would in either case even though the dogs have probably wound up there at least once.

I doubt such a structure is actually consecrated, so I imagine the canon would not apply. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on May 09, 2014, 09:59:42 PM
Would this count for outdoor chapel/altars? Holy Cross Hermitage (WV) has one as well as a few dogs (and cats IIRC), but I don't imagine they would in either case even though the dogs have probably wound up there at least once.

I doubt such a structure is actually consecrated, so I imagine the canon would not apply. 

Oh, my bad. :angel:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 09, 2014, 10:03:45 PM
Would this count for outdoor chapel/altars? Holy Cross Hermitage (WV) has one as well as a few dogs (and cats IIRC), but I don't imagine they would in either case even though the dogs have probably wound up there at least once.

I doubt such a structure is actually consecrated, so I imagine the canon would not apply. 

the dog might do a consecration of its own.

hiyoooooo.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 09, 2014, 10:06:59 PM
the dog might do a consecration of its own.

hiyoooooo.

And now you know why Chrism smells so good.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 09, 2014, 10:09:58 PM
the dog might do a consecration of its own.

hiyoooooo.

And now you know why Chrism smells so good.

Oooo, you're on a roll tonight, Mor!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 09, 2014, 10:22:26 PM
the dog might do a consecration of its own.

hiyoooooo.

And now you know why Chrism smells so good.

Oooo, you're on a roll tonight, Mor!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Oh, you have no idea...
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on May 10, 2014, 08:19:10 AM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.

Didn't you solve that problem?  I thought you posted a picture of you choking your cat. :angel:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on May 10, 2014, 02:23:04 PM
Maybe the cat just wanted to pray. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on May 10, 2014, 03:11:23 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.

Didn't you solve that problem?  I thought you posted a picture of you choking your cat. :angel:

This is a different cat. The cat that I was choking-but-not-really-choking is way too husky to be crawling on my wobbly icon table. She'd make the thing collapse.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on May 10, 2014, 03:19:14 PM
I caught my cat walking on my icon table the other night. Blasphemous little creature. That's one drawback to having a table instead of a wall.

Didn't you solve that problem?  I thought you posted a picture of you choking your cat. :angel:

This is a different cat. The cat that I was choking-but-not-really-choking is way too husky to be crawling on my wobbly icon table. She'd make the thing collapse.

LOL, time to strengthen that table, just in case.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: ironchapman on May 12, 2014, 02:09:15 AM
I have two dressers in my room. One of them holds my bathroom towels and winter clothes. At the moment, I have my icons and other important Orthodox items stationed atop it, though I plan to get a real place for them sometime.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Hawkeye on May 12, 2014, 02:25:22 AM
The closest thing I have to an icon corner is my roommate's Deesis icon (it's under 2 inches by 2 inches; quite small) taped to a picture frame atop the refrigerator. :D

I have a second, larger icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker which I keep in my nightstand. I take it out when I need it and return it afterwards.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on May 25, 2014, 08:33:28 PM
A quick question (well two haha).

I know the convention for an icon corner is to have an icon of Christ, one of the Theotokos, and one's patron saint, but how does one choose *which* icon type to choose?

Second, where does one get wall crosses?

Thanks in advance

Just to add to this: is there a "most common" icon of a feast or something like the Annunciation, Transfiguration, etc that one gets, or is it again a case of choose whichever you like, as long as it's a canonical icon? Ignoring the Crucifixion (or alternatively, a wall cross), that is.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 26, 2014, 12:26:58 AM
Just to add to this: is there a "most common" icon of a feast or something like the Annunciation, Transfiguration, etc that one gets, or is it again a case of choose whichever you like, as long as it's a canonical icon? Ignoring the Crucifixion (or alternatively, a wall cross), that is.

Do you mean a "most common" version of a particular type of festal icon, or a "most common" feast to have an icon of? 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on May 26, 2014, 12:36:53 AM
I have some questions about hanging lamps in front of icons. Sorry if these are elementary, but I've never had a hanging one. Are any positions preferable or discouraged? Like should you try to make it level with the bottom of the icon? Is having the lamp 3 inches lower than the icon bad form? Are there particular icons it'd be traditional to have them in front of, like your patron or the Theotokos, or is it pretty much fine regardless of which icon is there?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on May 26, 2014, 12:43:18 AM
Just to add to this: is there a "most common" icon of a feast or something like the Annunciation, Transfiguration, etc that one gets, or is it again a case of choose whichever you like, as long as it's a canonical icon? Ignoring the Crucifixion (or alternatively, a wall cross), that is.

Do you mean a "most common" version of a particular type of festal icon, or a "most common" feast to have an icon of? 

"Most common" feast / event.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 26, 2014, 12:46:25 AM
Just to add to this: is there a "most common" icon of a feast or something like the Annunciation, Transfiguration, etc that one gets, or is it again a case of choose whichever you like, as long as it's a canonical icon? Ignoring the Crucifixion (or alternatively, a wall cross), that is.

Do you mean a "most common" version of a particular type of festal icon, or a "most common" feast to have an icon of? 

"Most common" feast / event.

The most important feast is the Resurrection. It is the feast of feasts. Most common? Really can't say.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 26, 2014, 12:50:35 AM
Just to add to this: is there a "most common" icon of a feast or something like the Annunciation, Transfiguration, etc that one gets, or is it again a case of choose whichever you like, as long as it's a canonical icon? Ignoring the Crucifixion (or alternatively, a wall cross), that is.

Do you mean a "most common" version of a particular type of festal icon, or a "most common" feast to have an icon of? 

"Most common" feast / event.

I don't know if there is such a thing.  I've seen a lot of converts gravitate to the Resurrection icon, but I think that's a personal preference.  

I have a few festal icons which I put up seasonally: Annunciation, Nativity, Epiphany, Resurrection.  For Lent and the period after 14 September, I put up the Cross, for Pentecost an icon of the Trinity, an icon of the Apostles for June and July, an icon of the Mother of God for August and the first half of September.  And that is just my personal preference.  I'm unaware of any rules.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 26, 2014, 01:00:34 AM
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I'm unaware of any rules.

There are no rules.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on May 26, 2014, 01:01:37 AM
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I'm unaware of any rules.

There are no rules.


Don't believe LBK....we have already reported you, and the Icon placement police have been dispatched.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on May 26, 2014, 01:03:05 AM
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I'm unaware of any rules.

There are no rules.


Don't believe LBK....we have already reported you, and the Icon placement police have been dispatched.

MOMMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!!  :o :o :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on May 26, 2014, 03:57:43 PM
The most important feast is the Resurrection. It is the feast of feasts. Most common? Really can't say.

Ah okay.

I don't know if there is such a thing.  I've seen a lot of converts gravitate to the Resurrection icon, but I think that's a personal preference.  

I have a few festal icons which I put up seasonally: Annunciation, Nativity, Epiphany, Resurrection.  For Lent and the period after 14 September, I put up the Cross, for Pentecost an icon of the Trinity, an icon of the Apostles for June and July, an icon of the Mother of God for August and the first half of September.  And that is just my personal preference.  I'm unaware of any rules.

Haha on rotation. That's great!

Thank you both. So far I have taken a linking to ones of the Resurrection and of the Transfiguration. We'll see what happens...
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: icecreamsandwich on June 04, 2014, 02:20:27 PM
Just as a small update. I've managed to get my icon corner set up. Now I'm working on getting a Platytera style icon of the Theotokos (I've found one I really like but it's not in stock at the moment) to go above the two icons I have now, as well as an icon of my patron saint, and St. John of Damascus (who I quite like).  Other than that I'm looking for a candle holder.

(http://i.imgur.com/DowjCZI.jpg)

Wonder why the picture came out so poorly ???.

I edited it, so that folks wouldn't have to scroll to see it.  ;)  -LS
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on June 04, 2014, 04:51:13 PM
I use a small ceramic ramekin to hold a couple of candles.  It's worked well so far.  A small dish would work too.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on June 04, 2014, 05:15:27 PM
I use a small ceramic ramekin to hold a couple of candles.  It's worked well so far.  A small dish would work too.

I use tealights in glass cups. So I don't have to either blow them out or supervise them at all times.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on June 05, 2014, 08:50:08 AM
I use a small ceramic ramekin to hold a couple of candles.  It's worked well so far.  A small dish would work too.

I use tealights in glass cups. So I don't have to either blow them out or supervise them at all times.

That's going to be my next thing once my candles run out...tea lights.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on June 05, 2014, 08:57:16 AM
I got this (the icon on the right) in the mail last week. My friend bought it for me at the Holy Virgin Cathedral (ROCOR) in San Francisco.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/1nz61v.jpg)

It was held to three relics of the family.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on June 05, 2014, 10:36:01 AM
That's beautiful. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on June 05, 2014, 10:55:15 AM
I have the much smaller version of that one, Kelly!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on June 07, 2014, 10:57:24 AM
The mister took this the other night; he said he liked the lighting. I'm inclined to agree.

(http://whitepaintedwoman.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/tree-of-life.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Thomas on June 08, 2014, 11:19:40 PM
LOVELY!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on June 14, 2014, 12:32:20 AM
My current icon corner:

(http://i.imgur.com/ueuzJuk.jpg)

Well, I mean, there is an icon, and it is in a corner.  8)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on June 14, 2014, 07:31:19 AM
My current icon corner:

(http://i.imgur.com/ueuzJuk.jpg)

Well, I mean, there is an icon, and it is in a corner.  8)

I love it. Beautiful in its sparseness and simplicity.  The blue candle in glass holder complements and sets off the icon well. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on September 30, 2014, 11:47:18 PM
I had to expand it thanks to the not-so-small icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov that I received for Christmas. :P

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/973e6c21abc8f143d4adf3b6f2d13a0c/tumblr_mi6ub4xWQP1rmin96o1_1280.jpg)

And this is my current one, after having moved:

(https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31/1524413_10202313686577636_324931825_o.jpg)

What my icon corner looked like until today (well, except another Old Testament Trinity icon in the upper-right):

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/10153306_10202791451281455_423285843_n.jpg?oh=48f88742f902c1033ac1b8777c12ebe2&oe=54B67C48&__gda__=1421285172_2516c9c4acfb542876fcacbbd40f9214)

What my icon corner looks like now, in the process of me rearranging everything and trying to make it feel less cluttered (it will no doubt change quite a bit again in the coming weeks):

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10704131_10204061890641645_6185130343232748940_n.jpg?oh=a849ed5c7b593d9eb3400da5a9e67baa&oe=54B2C91A&__gda__=1422312204_80d4bd6622555535960fd45d901a9cc7)


Any suggestions on how to improve it aesthetically would be much appreciated!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on September 30, 2014, 11:50:16 PM
I'm going to steal that diorama. Just FYI.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on October 01, 2014, 12:02:34 AM
I'm going to steal that diorama. Just FYI.

You can try, but it would probably be easier and friendlier to just buy one on Ebay.  ;) A couple: here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Thy-Kingdom-Come-Crucifix-Shadow-Box-c-1909-chalice-co-/221466442229?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33906db9f5), and here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Crucifix-Shrine-Metal-Wood-Tool-Passion-Victorian-Gilt-Frame-Diorama-OLD-/141386148482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20eb456a82).

Although no matter how much I look I can't find one that corresponds to mine directly. The text at the bottom saying "Thy Kingdom Come" and "100 Days Indulgence" is different on others, as well as the background picture and the various pieces. The others tend to look like the two I linked above, with much smaller variations like colors etc. And in case anyone is interested, these shadowboxes were originally made to honor Pope Piux IX's 50th anniversary in 1877 since his ordination (as a bishop, I believe).

A couple years later and I still can't believe I picked this up at a flea market for less than $20.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on October 01, 2014, 12:09:18 AM
Any suggestions on how to improve it aesthetically would be much appreciated!

You can start by getting rid of that Oxford NRSV.  Yucky-poo!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on October 01, 2014, 12:12:44 AM
Any suggestions on how to improve it aesthetically would be much appreciated!

You can start by getting rid of that Oxford NRSV.  Yucky-poo!

I've somehow ended up with two NRSV Bibles, and only one RSV. But since the Oxford is an older edition I'd have to give it away... looks like it'll just stay on my shelf.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on October 01, 2014, 12:14:17 AM
Any suggestions on how to improve it aesthetically would be much appreciated!

You can start by getting rid of that Oxford NRSV.  Yucky-poo!

I've somehow ended up with two NRSV Bibles, and only one RSV. But since the Oxford is an older edition I'd have to give it away... looks like it'll just stay on my shelf.

If you're not going to follow my advice, don't ask for it!!   >:( >:(
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on October 01, 2014, 12:16:17 AM
I've somehow ended up with two NRSV Bibles, and only one RSV. But since the Oxford is an older edition I'd have to give it away... looks like it'll just stay on my shelf.

If you're not going to follow my advice, don't ask for it!!   >:( >:(

Well, you could always come here from NY and take it off my hands, then. I know that you're secretly wanting to add it to your collection. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: lovesupreme on October 01, 2014, 12:18:46 AM
My first bible was the NSRV that you have, Nephi.

However, this (http://www.amazon.com/Third-Millennium-Bible-Authorized-Version/dp/189283300X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412137138&sr=8-1&keywords=third+millenium+bible) just showed up in the mail today.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on October 01, 2014, 12:49:12 AM
I've somehow ended up with two NRSV Bibles, and only one RSV. But since the Oxford is an older edition I'd have to give it away... looks like it'll just stay on my shelf.

If you're not going to follow my advice, don't ask for it!!   >:( >:(

Well, you could always come here from NY and take it off my hands, then. I know that you're secretly wanting to add it to your collection. :)

If I showed up at your place, I would bring you a proper Bible in exchange for that NRSV.  Then I would knock you unconscious with the NRSV, steal the diorama for Kelly, and drive away. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on October 01, 2014, 12:49:39 AM
My first bible was the NSRV that you have, Nephi.

However, this (http://www.amazon.com/Third-Millennium-Bible-Authorized-Version/dp/189283300X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412137138&sr=8-1&keywords=third+millenium+bible) just showed up in the mail today.

Let me know how you like it.  Pretty please. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on October 01, 2014, 12:53:05 AM
I've somehow ended up with two NRSV Bibles, and only one RSV. But since the Oxford is an older edition I'd have to give it away... looks like it'll just stay on my shelf.

If you're not going to follow my advice, don't ask for it!!   >:( >:(

Well, you could always come here from NY and take it off my hands, then. I know that you're secretly wanting to add it to your collection. :)

If I showed up at your place, I would bring you a proper Bible in exchange for that NRSV.  Then I would knock you unconscious with the NRSV, steal the diorama for Kelly, and drive away. 


This post has had a screen shot taken of it.


Nephi, you let me know when you wake up from being knocked out and robbed, and we can use it as evidence. 


 :police:
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on October 01, 2014, 12:54:02 AM
I've somehow ended up with two NRSV Bibles, and only one RSV. But since the Oxford is an older edition I'd have to give it away... looks like it'll just stay on my shelf.

If you're not going to follow my advice, don't ask for it!!   >:( >:(

Well, you could always come here from NY and take it off my hands, then. I know that you're secretly wanting to add it to your collection. :)

If I showed up at your place, I would bring you a proper Bible in exchange for that NRSV.  Then I would knock you unconscious with the NRSV, steal the diorama for Kelly, and drive away. 

You're a true friend.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on October 01, 2014, 12:59:17 AM
I've somehow ended up with two NRSV Bibles, and only one RSV. But since the Oxford is an older edition I'd have to give it away... looks like it'll just stay on my shelf.

If you're not going to follow my advice, don't ask for it!!   >:( >:(

Well, you could always come here from NY and take it off my hands, then. I know that you're secretly wanting to add it to your collection. :)

If I showed up at your place, I would bring you a proper Bible in exchange for that NRSV.  Then I would knock you unconscious with the NRSV, steal the diorama for Kelly, and drive away. 

You're a true friend.

I'm not sure if I can agree with that assessment...
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deborah on October 01, 2014, 03:05:05 AM
I had to expand it thanks to the not-so-small icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov that I received for Christmas. :P

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/973e6c21abc8f143d4adf3b6f2d13a0c/tumblr_mi6ub4xWQP1rmin96o1_1280.jpg)

And this is my current one, after having moved:

(https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31/1524413_10202313686577636_324931825_o.jpg)

What my icon corner looked like until today (well, except another Old Testament Trinity icon in the upper-right):

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/10153306_10202791451281455_423285843_n.jpg?oh=48f88742f902c1033ac1b8777c12ebe2&oe=54B67C48&__gda__=1421285172_2516c9c4acfb542876fcacbbd40f9214)

What my icon corner looks like now, in the process of me rearranging everything and trying to make it feel less cluttered (it will no doubt change quite a bit again in the coming weeks):

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10704131_10204061890641645_6185130343232748940_n.jpg?oh=a849ed5c7b593d9eb3400da5a9e67baa&oe=54B2C91A&__gda__=1422312204_80d4bd6622555535960fd45d901a9cc7)


Any suggestions on how to improve it aesthetically would be much appreciated!

I love the diorama! :)

My favourite arrangement is the photo you posted in March.

I'm thinking that because the shelf is narrow, it will tend to look "crowded" with the diorama and other large and/or framed icons sitting on it.  Can the diorama be hung on the wall?  Maybe if the dorama was mounted on the wall as a centrepiece, with other large and framed icons arranged around it, with the smaller icons and statuary on the table, it would look less crowded and no less pleasing :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on October 06, 2014, 10:27:26 PM
I love the diorama! :)

My favourite arrangement is the photo you posted in March.

I'm thinking that because the shelf is narrow, it will tend to look "crowded" with the diorama and other large and/or framed icons sitting on it.  Can the diorama be hung on the wall?  Maybe if the dorama was mounted on the wall as a centrepiece, with other large and framed icons arranged around it, with the smaller icons and statuary on the table, it would look less crowded and no less pleasing :)

Yeah, the March arrangement is a good one...

Unfortunately I don't trust the wire hanger on the back to actually hold the diorama, which is why my Godfather had custom-made the shelf for me (if you notice in the older pictures there's a little raised spot right in front of the diorama that keeps it in place). I think I might need to get non-print icons that don't require such large frames... maybe that'll balance out the look a bit better.

I actually rearranged the room, so my icon corner is facing east for the first time in a year! :P Here's the new transitional look:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1391619_10204109192144153_2952882209624548827_n.jpg?oh=2d5d54eb2621c40133f42998ccb17211&oe=54B2BEEE&__gda__=1420614615_6a381cb20bc03f4f9fb4d7ab7bedb617)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Altar Server on October 07, 2014, 12:08:47 AM
I love the diorama! :)

My favourite arrangement is the photo you posted in March.

I'm thinking that because the shelf is narrow, it will tend to look "crowded" with the diorama and other large and/or framed icons sitting on it.  Can the diorama be hung on the wall?  Maybe if the dorama was mounted on the wall as a centrepiece, with other large and framed icons arranged around it, with the smaller icons and statuary on the table, it would look less crowded and no less pleasing :)

Yeah, the March arrangement is a good one...

Unfortunately I don't trust the wire hanger on the back to actually hold the diorama, which is why my Godfather had custom-made the shelf for me (if you notice in the older pictures there's a little raised spot right in front of the diorama that keeps it in place). I think I might need to get non-print icons that don't require such large frames... maybe that'll balance out the look a bit better.

I actually rearranged the room, so my icon corner is facing east for the first time in a year! :P Here's the new transitional look:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1391619_10204109192144153_2952882209624548827_n.jpg?oh=2d5d54eb2621c40133f42998ccb17211&oe=54B2BEEE&__gda__=1420614615_6a381cb20bc03f4f9fb4d7ab7bedb617)

I like that arrangement :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: WPM on October 07, 2014, 12:27:08 AM
Cool ... Though I use my icon corner for a reading functionality ~ Reading the Scriptures and Saying prayers .. whatnot
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: romaliz on October 30, 2014, 03:44:05 PM
romaliz, your icon of Grand Duchess Elizabeth is beautiful! Where did you get it?

I think I got it at archangels books online. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on October 30, 2014, 09:12:54 PM
romaliz, your icon of Grand Duchess Elizabeth is beautiful! Where did you get it?

I think I got it at archangels books online. :)

It is very nice.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on October 30, 2014, 09:13:16 PM
Cool ... Though I use my icon corner for a reading functionality ~ Reading the Scriptures and Saying prayers .. whatnot

That is good. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on December 20, 2014, 04:14:43 AM
Added three icons to my shelf.  Sts. Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev, the Nativity, and the Myrrhbearers at the empty tomb.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WZ3RUq37kUk/VJTY44xAWlI/AAAAAAAACU4/KD6JzRPnB5c/w958-h539-no/20141219_210428.jpg)
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-NsCtyajUiIE/VJTZFZ5pBfI/AAAAAAAACVE/wmtudA-s3yo/w345-h613-no/20141219_210443.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ai on December 20, 2014, 12:36:34 PM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on December 20, 2014, 01:17:07 PM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???

Many are made with holes in the back so you can mount them with a nail.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Ai on December 20, 2014, 02:05:45 PM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???

Many are made with holes in the back so you can mount them with a nail.

What if you live an a place where one is not allowed to put nails on the wall?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: DeniseDenise on December 20, 2014, 02:14:38 PM
You can set icons on the top of a bookshelf.   I have a bunch like that, on small easels (art supply store has miniature easels)


Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on December 20, 2014, 02:19:42 PM
You can set icons on the top of a bookshelf.   I have a bunch like that, on small easels (art supply store has miniature easels)




I am doing this right now, I keep the trinity at the very top of the bookshelf, followed by Christ, the Theotokos and Saint John on the shelf below, after that I keep my name saint and the angels, after that I'll put all the others saints. Bookshelves work wonders, you can visit some thrift stores to try and find a corner bookshelf. I enjoy the look of them and they fit really well into a corner.

(https://cornerbookcases.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/corner-bookcase-5.jpg)

Here is a good example (randomly found this online)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/71/201398996_c89aaf6f87_z.jpg?zz=1)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on December 21, 2014, 08:41:44 AM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???

Many are made with holes in the back so you can mount them with a nail.

What if you live an a place where one is not allowed to put nails on the wall?

(http://doesitreallywork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Do-Command-Strips-work.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on December 21, 2014, 12:38:43 PM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???

Many are made with holes in the back so you can mount them with a nail.

What if you live an a place where one is not allowed to put nails on the wall?

(http://doesitreallywork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Do-Command-Strips-work.jpg)

How good are these with the holes on the back of icons?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on December 21, 2014, 01:24:01 PM
Most icons have a keyhole-shaped oening in tha back.  As long as the hook is the right size, these hooks can take quite a bit of weight.  I tested it on one of my 8X10 mounted icons (they can be kind of heavy) and the strips hold up.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on December 21, 2014, 07:11:13 PM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???

Many are made with holes in the back so you can mount them with a nail.

What if you live an a place where one is not allowed to put nails on the wall?

(http://doesitreallywork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Do-Command-Strips-work.jpg)

You don't even have to use the command strips with the hook, others will work too.

And I've also had good success with using liberal amounts of poster putty to hold up icons of various sizes. and weight.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on January 27, 2015, 02:01:11 AM
Holy Cross monastery recently put up pictures during Theophany while blessing some monastic cells, showing off some beautiful icon corners.

(https://holycross-hermitage.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/HCM1775-768x509.jpg)
(https://holycross-hermitage.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/HCM1805-768x509.jpg)
(https://holycross-hermitage.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/HCM1827-768x509.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on January 27, 2015, 02:35:08 AM
Lovely.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: littlepilgrim64 on January 27, 2015, 01:48:01 PM
Wonderful . . .thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on January 27, 2015, 04:10:17 PM
I've usually had success with using the green-and-white double-sided sticky tape you can get at some hardware stores. You can use that in case you're not allowed to put nails in the wall where you live. That's what I did when I was living in an apartment a few years ago.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LBK on January 27, 2015, 07:14:36 PM
I've usually had success with using the green-and-white double-sided sticky tape you can get at some hardware stores. You can use that in case you're not allowed to put nails in the wall where you live. That's what I did when I was living in an apartment a few years ago.

Sometimes the adhesive in that tape can take paint off walls when removed. Command strips are safer to use.  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on January 27, 2015, 08:51:46 PM
Okay then. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Greg on January 27, 2015, 09:07:06 PM
Those are some beautiful corners.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tommelomsky on January 28, 2015, 06:29:15 AM
Many beautiful corners around. I do not have one. But icons all around the place.
Might post some pictures. One of these days. Perhaps.
 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Kmon23 on January 29, 2015, 05:31:05 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7436/15778041983_55c8b3dc33.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/q3fAbB)IMG_20150129_162521 (https://flic.kr/p/q3fAbB) by essboarder23 (https://www.flickr.com/people/49126941@N05/), on Flickr

My super simple, recently created icon corner, if it can be called one  ???.

Currently a catechumen, and hopefully this is an icon corner that will be filled with more beautiful icons as I enter the church.
Although I'm so glad I got these icons. I remember I was shopping for my first icon, and wanted one of the Theotokos. Saw the icon of the Theotokos with some man. Look at the back, which says John the Evangelist. I was thinking, nah, I won't get this one. If it was John the Apostle, I would so get it though (since it was the Gospel of John that made me appreciate the Theotokos from my road from Protestantism). Friend says it IS John the Apostle. So glad I got this icon. And of course no icon corner can be complete without Christ!!

And please excuse me for my other small figures and personal belongings. My desk is cluttered with these things (took a lot of effort rearranging them to have enough space for the icons, and I really wanted them under the lamp so I could see them properly). The university used to supply shelves for freshman, wish they did for sophmore etc. Would be pretty useful with my overflowing desk.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on January 29, 2015, 05:48:18 PM
That picture is fine. Nice, simple corner. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on February 03, 2015, 11:33:15 PM
This is where I pray now. The Catholic candles were left over from when I needed some following a storm.

(http://oi62.tinypic.com/2e49n5y.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on February 05, 2015, 04:50:34 AM
Here is a nice example of printed paper icons placed in picture frames I found.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3356/3288249242_8c88ee8411.jpg)


I also quite like this one. It's simple, yet elegant.

(http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2002/03/31/800x_b1_cCM_z/Sanctuary-on-the-homefront-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: TheMathematician on February 09, 2015, 02:01:55 PM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???

Many are made with holes in the back so you can mount them with a nail.

What if you live an a place where one is not allowed to put nails on the wall?

(http://doesitreallywork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Do-Command-Strips-work.jpg)

You don't even have to use the command strips with the hook, others will work too.

And I've also had good success with using liberal amounts of poster putty to hold up icons of various sizes. and weight.

I use those on my Icon, and I have three strips holding up my icon which i believe is the 8x10 size, and it hasnt fallen yet(besides when i pushed it by accident trying to turn off my light)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tommelomsky on February 20, 2015, 10:50:58 PM
I do not have an icon corner. But walls. Many walls.
Going to share with you a custom made icon of Saint Olaf The Holy, the enlightener of Norway.
He suffered a martyrs death at Stiklestad in 1033.

In these days: try but nice with each other and remember, unity, faith and love.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/v/t1.0-9/1013382_478249735596152_1389582526_n.jpg?oh=3f6c383377d11dc140f326d185b29aa2&oe=55903B18&__gda__=1435947623_beee2b998192791767f771f953314a3f)

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LizaSymonenko on February 20, 2015, 10:53:29 PM

Lovely!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tommelomsky on February 20, 2015, 10:57:48 PM
Thank you. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on February 21, 2015, 12:02:30 AM
How do you get your icons to get stuck on the wall? Do you put a piece of strong duct tape behind them?  ???

Many are made with holes in the back so you can mount them with a nail.

What if you live an a place where one is not allowed to put nails on the wall?

(http://doesitreallywork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Do-Command-Strips-work.jpg)

You don't even have to use the command strips with the hook, others will work too.

And I've also had good success with using liberal amounts of poster putty to hold up icons of various sizes. and weight.

I use those on my Icon, and I have three strips holding up my icon which i believe is the 8x10 size, and it hasnt fallen yet(besides when i pushed it by accident trying to turn off my light)

So you use plan strips you can buy without the hooks? How does that work? I mean how do you peel the strips and put them on the icon and wall? I've never used them before.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on February 21, 2015, 02:27:21 AM
So you use plan strips you can buy without the hooks? How does that work? I mean how do you peel the strips and put them on the icon and wall? I've never used them before.

Instructions are on the product website (http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/Command/Products/Catalog/~/Command-Medium-Picture-Hanging-Strips-4-Pack?N=5924736+3294529207+3294736519&rt=rud):
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on February 21, 2015, 02:45:52 AM
So you use plan strips you can buy without the hooks? How does that work? I mean how do you peel the strips and put them on the icon and wall? I've never used them before.

Instructions are on the product website (http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/Command/Products/Catalog/~/Command-Medium-Picture-Hanging-Strips-4-Pack?N=5924736+3294529207+3294736519&rt=rud):

Cool I'll have to try some of these
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Kmon23 on February 21, 2015, 02:46:58 AM
So you use plan strips you can buy without the hooks? How does that work? I mean how do you peel the strips and put them on the icon and wall? I've never used them before.

Instructions are on the product website (http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/Command/Products/Catalog/~/Command-Medium-Picture-Hanging-Strips-4-Pack?N=5924736+3294529207+3294736519&rt=rud):

Cool I'll have to try some of these

My icons are on the wall from those command strips. Awesome for icons
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on February 21, 2015, 02:51:46 AM
So you use plan strips you can buy without the hooks? How does that work? I mean how do you peel the strips and put them on the icon and wall? I've never used them before.

Instructions are on the product website (http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/Command/Products/Catalog/~/Command-Medium-Picture-Hanging-Strips-4-Pack?N=5924736+3294529207+3294736519&rt=rud):

Cool I'll have to try some of these

My icons are on the wall from those command strips. Awesome for icons

They're good products.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: xOrthodox4Christx on February 27, 2015, 09:46:29 PM
I have started an icon corner of my own, nothing elaborate (yet...) I have the Panagia above my bed, next to a small cross with a candle beneath them, in the middle of my room I have Christ with the Crown of Thorns next to a calendar of the Orthodox Church and beneath them I have the Hebrew, Greek and Latin Scriptures (I'll add my English Translation to them after typing this,) with a candle. I don't have a prayer book yet, but it's coming together.  :)

I may or may not post a picture, depends... maybe later.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: JamesR on February 27, 2015, 11:10:20 PM
(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y342/redryder1996/icon%20corner_zpsjv3xbxtq.jpg)

My Icon corner above my bed. I've been meaning to purchase one of those little red or blue candle lamp things that people hang next to icons, but I'm unsure how exactly they work and what I'm supposed to burn in them.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on February 28, 2015, 12:09:41 AM
James, they are called  lampada (aka vigil lamp) traditionally you used pure olive oil (biblical reasons) as the fuel for the flame. You can use floating wicks (be careful these and catch on fire) or the more traditional "old style" wick that is on a stationary metal holder. I like the old style ones myself because the purpose of them is to keep your mind on your icon corner because during the day you have to keep going back to it to adjust the wick or adding more oil. Whereas the floating ones you light and can really forget about them because there isn't much adjusting which for me defeats the purpose.

You can buy them in most Church book stores and Monasteries. Ask your priest or fellow parishioners if they can order one for you or if maybe they have a spare.

They don't have to be fancy. You could always go to a thrift store, get a shelf that you mount to the wall and find a decorative glass vessel. Put olive oil in it, make a wick holder out of a paper clip and use a ball of yarn or wool for a wick.

If you don't have a lot of money but would like to put something together until you can buy a nice one. You can always look on YouTube for "Make your own emergency olive oil lamp" it's the same basic idea and it'll give you a visual.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on February 28, 2015, 01:16:23 AM
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DQBnFm-UeNA/U18t43RIqPI/AAAAAAAAAFU/NWrDvnyB5wY/w740-h553-no/photo.JPG)
A little shelf in a little closet in a little room in my basement.

What a good Orthodox you are: "small" Jesus and "big" St George.  :P

Luke 2:52

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-B76LlFlt1go/VPCaatM7qtI/AAAAAAAADJ8/wSk92oCcwOA/w1598-h899-no/20150227_112710.jpg)

Also added a St. Herman of Alaska life icon.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on February 28, 2015, 02:09:55 PM
I like that icon of St. Herman.

I wish I could show my icons. I just went out and got some very nice frames for most of them but everything is in disarray getting ready for my move to the monastery.  Maybe I'll just lay them out on my bed or something so you can see them....hmm I might do that.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on March 01, 2015, 02:31:26 PM
I still have this problem that although I have a prayer corner, I have icons (and liturgical and prayer books and other religious stuff) in some other places of my room (not counting the whole flat, as it's my parents matter ;)). I have a great plan to make a proper icon corner, but it's a far future because of some reasons...

Anyway, as today it's Sunday of Orthodoxy, that's my prayer corner (the picture was taken at last Christmas, so normally I don't have Nativity icon and this branch), very simple in comparision with most of you:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10440192_10154968701340433_165875596506348978_n.jpg?oh=b47c9a4e67909119c66ac21c583276d4&oe=558F6257&__gda__=1435295452_531ddec15d8d59e86ba8ba2988c4e48b)


Ah, and for Nativity and Pascha we do in the main room some special arrangement:
(https://scontent-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10006927_10154044016710433_2153056008438591871_n.jpg?oh=e98799e50454e4434160fe226c08ddac&oe=557E69BD)

I have also a corner with the books, cross, incense, Serbian flag with cross etc. above my desk, but don't have pic of it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on March 01, 2015, 02:48:46 PM
Elder Cleopa's cell

(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Romanian/Fr._Cleopa_Ilie/18.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Eruvande on March 03, 2015, 11:51:22 AM
Thought I'd post a picture of my icon corner, fully anticipating being told I've got it wrong! :)

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/907/rb9I8D.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Theophania on March 03, 2015, 11:54:15 AM
Dominka, in the first picture, who is that on the far left, on top of the framed icon?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on March 03, 2015, 11:56:46 AM
Thought I'd post a picture of my icon corner, fully anticipating being told I've got it wrong! :)

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/907/rb9I8D.jpg)

As long as it helps you focus on prayer, there's no such thing as wrong! ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on March 03, 2015, 11:57:08 AM
Thought I'd post a picture of my icon corner, fully anticipating being told I've got it wrong! :)

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/907/rb9I8D.jpg)

Not wrong at all.    :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on March 03, 2015, 03:48:14 PM
I really like these very simple icon corners you guys/gals are showing. I have way to many icons I think, even though they all mean something to me. The simple icon corners seem more humble and endearing.

For example, here is the cell of Elder Joseph the Hesychast, only a few icons
(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Greek/Fr._Arsenios/9.jpg)

Father Seraphim Rose only had a few also.
(http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Orthodox_Elders/Various/Fr._Seraphim_Rose/His_cell/9.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on March 03, 2015, 05:51:08 PM
I really like these very simple icon corners you guys/gals are showing. I have way to many icons I think, even though they all mean something to me. The simple icon corners seem more humble and endearing.

Yes.  I have a lot of icons (I made the mistake of buying a bunch and not realising how they seem to come to you whether you're expecting them or not), and there was a time I displayed them all.  Then I moved around a few times and could only accommodate a few (~3-5) in the space I had, and I came to appreciate the simpler icon corners.  Now I have more space, so I've found a middle ground. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Thomas on March 04, 2015, 03:00:15 PM
When you have a lot of icons but a small space to display them, may I suggest an analogion or small icon stand to honor a specific icon seasonally/names day or period around the icon. We have done this for several years and it seems to actually invigorate the icon corner as it doesn't not appear the same day in and day out. When we enthrone the icon we sing its hymn and tell the story about the saint of the event to the happiness of the kids who feel part of the worship.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: IXOYE on March 04, 2015, 03:12:32 PM
When you have a lot of icons but a small space to display them, may I suggest an analogion or small icon stand to honor a specific icon seasonally/names day or period around the icon. We have done this for several years and it seems to actually invigorate the icon corner as it doesn't not appear the same day in and day out. When we enthrone the icon we sing its hymn and tell the story about the saint of the event to the happiness of the kids who feel part of the worship.

That sounds nice, especially in a family icon corner.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on March 04, 2015, 03:23:47 PM
When you have a lot of icons but a small space to display them, may I suggest an analogion or small icon stand to honor a specific icon seasonally/names day or period around the icon. We have done this for several years and it seems to actually invigorate the icon corner as it doesn't not appear the same day in and day out. When we enthrone the icon we sing its hymn and tell the story about the saint of the event to the happiness of the kids who feel part of the worship.

A hanging frame can do the same job if horizontal space is at a particular premium. (As shown here (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,24349.msg1135885.html#msg1135885), there's no room for another icon on that shelf, but the wall above could accommodate a couple.)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on March 04, 2015, 04:22:48 PM
When you have a lot of icons but a small space to display them, may I suggest an analogion or small icon stand to honor a specific icon seasonally/names day or period around the icon. We have done this for several years and it seems to actually invigorate the icon corner as it doesn't not appear the same day in and day out. When we enthrone the icon we sing its hymn and tell the story about the saint of the event to the happiness of the kids who feel part of the worship.

Perfect.

I also have (most of them small) icons for the 12 great feasts plus some great saints that I display only for their feast day/period. That's good for 1. prayer corner 2. to deeper experience the feast, its spirit etc.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on March 20, 2015, 03:26:45 AM
I ended up buying some of these

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71z0gehukHL._SY355_.jpg)

I wish I had known about them years ago. Maybe it would of helped me keep more of my deposit in the apartments I've lived in  :laugh:. These things are just wonderful and will be using them for now on. Thanks for letting me know about them!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on March 20, 2015, 05:29:06 AM
^They've saved me a few bucks too when my wife and I were in our apartment 4 years ago.  Fewer nails to hammer in.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: CopticDeacon on March 20, 2015, 06:21:37 AM
I've been thinking about getting an icon stand and/or a Bible stand.  If I could make one that'd be awesome but I'm not that wood savy.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Peacemaker on March 20, 2015, 12:47:44 PM
I've been thinking about getting an icon stand and/or a Bible stand.  If I could make one that'd be awesome but I'm not that wood savy.

It's easier than you think. Get a flat piece of wood, put a little lip on it and attach it to a bookshelf or stand with a bracket

(https://img1.etsystatic.com/035/1/7953313/il_340x270.642571541_rtky.jpg)

OR!

You could simply get a music stand, easier to find. Not as "warm" to look at as wood is but it works well.

(http://www.wengercorp.com/websiteimages/stands/roughneck-stand.jpg)

You could also check Craigslist for a "podium"
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on March 20, 2015, 01:03:29 PM
A tabletop easel can work well as a book stand. For icons, just go for plate display stands, which are quite cheap.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on April 08, 2015, 10:03:14 AM
updated icon corner. i thought this space on a large bookshelf would be temporary, but its worked out well since i moved into my new home nearly a year ago. the only weird thing is having other non religious things (like board games, regular books, files, etc.) on surrounding shelves.

I suppose I shouldve cleaned up first. I have burned up tea lights laying around as well as paper icons i keep in my car until they get faded a worn out from the sun. Then i set them in my corner because I dont want to throw them away.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JgDcC1sLVeceQhM_sTO8t8FBp7IIRV_P664ggcniS4Uh0qL0pwPBftTWveOJOQ9Kiih2fOMZFAweVtJrJstHy0bl8ck2nULjrzuD=w1183-h599)

From left to right:

St. Nicholas slapping Arius
St. Timon
St. Katherine
Theotokos and Christ
Christ
St. Nicholas again
Ladder of Divine Ascent
St. John the Wonderworker
Resurrection

Also, there is a copy of the Psalter, Jordanville prayer book, and the little red prayer book.

(Re: St. Timon... I chose him as my name here when I was first learning about Orthodoxy. I chose him because he is commemorated on my birthday, even though we really know very little about his life.)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on April 08, 2015, 10:51:20 AM
updated icon corner. i thought this space on a large bookshelf would be temporary, but its worked out well since i moved into my new home nearly a year ago. the only weird thing is having other non religious things (like board games, regular books, files, etc.) on surrounding shelves.

I suppose I shouldve cleaned up first. I have burned up tea lights laying around as well as paper icons i keep in my car until they get faded a worn out from the sun. Then i set them in my corner because I dont want to throw them away.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JgDcC1sLVeceQhM_sTO8t8FBp7IIRV_P664ggcniS4Uh0qL0pwPBftTWveOJOQ9Kiih2fOMZFAweVtJrJstHy0bl8ck2nULjrzuD=w1183-h599)

From left to right:

St. Nicholas slapping Arius
St. Timon
St. Katherine
Theotokos and Christ
Christ
St. Nicholas again
Ladder of Divine Ascent
St. John the Wonderworker
Resurrection

Also, there is a copy of the Psalter, Jordanville prayer book, and the little red prayer book.

(Re: St. Timon... I chose him as my name here when I was first learning about Orthodoxy. I chose him because he is commemorated on my birthday, even though we really know very little about his life.)

Sorry, I can't see the picture.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on April 08, 2015, 11:02:58 AM
Booo. I guess bc its on google drive. I have the file on my comp, and it is well below the maximum size, but this site wont let me upload it. Says the "upload file is full." Ill try and work out a solution.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Kmon23 on April 08, 2015, 11:44:54 AM
Booo. I guess bc its on google drive. I have the file on my comp, and it is well below the maximum size, but this site wont let me upload it. Says the "upload file is full." Ill try and work out a solution.

Try using flickr. It's what I use.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on April 08, 2015, 11:48:01 AM
I like Photobucket. :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Timon on April 08, 2015, 12:39:53 PM
Here it is. Reference my earlier post.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7698/16891573808_4efc5cbf97_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on April 08, 2015, 01:08:22 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RobS on April 08, 2015, 09:28:41 PM
I'd like a 13ft tall Sinai Pantocrator.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on April 08, 2015, 09:41:56 PM
I'd like a 13ft tall Sinai Pantocrator.

You could always see if Dormition Skete (http://www.dormitionskete.org/ds-mtdiconlarge.shtml) would print you that, but it'd have to be stretched across two of their largest available sized papers/canvases. Probably cost you between $1500-4000 (depending on how you want it), but you really can't put a price tag on making the garage into the best darn house chapel west of Tripoli. Am I right?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Kmon23 on April 09, 2015, 12:55:09 AM
Here it is. Reference my earlier post.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7698/16891573808_4efc5cbf97_b.jpg)
I have the same Icon of Jesus. Nice  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Kmon23 on April 14, 2015, 12:12:06 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7662/17085071116_e784e00ffc.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/s2KspE)Icon Corner (https://flic.kr/p/s2KspE) by essboarder23 (https://www.flickr.com/people/49126941@N05/), on Flickr

My updated icon corner!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Indocern on May 23, 2015, 04:14:20 AM
(https://scontent-fra3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/22200_859683727400825_8386611506767509737_n.jpg?oh=80c68450bff74f078f7bbe31ecdc9fe0&oe=55C909F1)

It's not mine. I also have but I not maked pictures.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Indocern on May 24, 2015, 01:14:28 PM
(http://s4.postimg.org/ops69outp/DSCN1064.jpg)

It is mine corner.

Image resized.~A
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Iconodule on May 24, 2015, 01:25:15 PM
(http://s4.postimg.org/ops69outp/DSCN1064.jpg)

It is mine corner.

Image resized.~A

Is that the True Sacred Matchbox Car of Bithynia or is it just a replica?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Cyrillic on May 24, 2015, 01:26:42 PM
(http://s4.postimg.org/ops69outp/DSCN1064.jpg)

It is mine corner.

Image resized.~A

Does anyone else think that cross resembles...uhm...something else?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Indocern on May 24, 2015, 01:30:09 PM
This is wooden cross and the car is children toy, which we keep.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: NoahB on May 24, 2015, 02:05:36 PM
Started as of last week :)

Sorry about the vertical pic, I forgot to make it horizontal
(http://i.imgur.com/2q7EqFl.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mike on February 06, 2016, 12:29:42 PM
http://www.cerkiew.pl/index.php?id=fotoreportaze&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=23116&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1&cHash=2d4ef9545a27fe4e6bc877e4bac5ff83

Photot gallery.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LizaSymonenko on February 07, 2016, 06:17:34 PM

Very nice.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RaphaCam on February 16, 2016, 02:20:26 PM
Is that the True Sacred Matchbox Car of Bithynia or is it just a replica?

I completely lost my sides on this one. :laugh: Beautiful corner, still.

Here is mine. It will grow after I visit the Metropolitan Cathedral in São Paulo next Sunday.

(http://i.imgur.com/XsHJLS0.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LizaSymonenko on May 10, 2016, 04:50:02 PM
I finally have a photo of part of my icon corner/wall.

Each icon is dear to me...and its own story. 

The two main icons of Christ and the Theotokos...my mother bought for me when we visited Ukraine some 20 years ago.  They were supposed to be for my marriage.  ;)   

The St. Elizabeth icon was gifted to me by a neighboring parish.  I did some work for them and refused payment....so, they surprised me with an icon...knowing I would never refuse my own Patron Saint.

The little prayer card of the Resurrection was just gifted to us by His Grace Bishop Daniel when he visited us for Pascha.


(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13173934_10208439533042584_6578732082253214176_n.jpg?oh=e7ff6dfb24a1dc5815ec79266ff04f5f&oe=57A481C6)

This is on my East facing bedroom wall.  It makes me smile just looking at it.  :)

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HaydenTE on May 10, 2016, 05:35:03 PM
Here's mine, if anyone is curious.
(http://s32.postimg.org/4il0l3jx1/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 10, 2016, 05:39:03 PM
Who's the fellow with the funny hat?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Iconodule on May 10, 2016, 05:45:48 PM
Saint Indiana of Jones
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Deacon Lance on May 10, 2016, 06:23:36 PM
Who's the fellow with the funny hat?

St Damien of Molokai
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=2817
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HaydenTE on May 10, 2016, 08:53:14 PM
Who's the fellow with the funny hat?

St Damien of Molokai
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=2817

Yes, it is! It was the only nice icon I could find of him.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on May 10, 2016, 08:55:32 PM
Who's the fellow with the funny hat?

St Damien of Molokai
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=2817

Yes, it is! It was the only nice icon I could find of him.

Interesting.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: ahmad seraphim on May 25, 2016, 11:01:10 AM
Here's mine, if anyone is curious.
(http://s32.postimg.org/4il0l3jx1/image.jpg)

Beautiful!
Wish I had one like this at home.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Iconodule on May 25, 2016, 11:15:15 AM
Happy birthday, Ahmad!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: ahmad seraphim on May 25, 2016, 11:19:33 AM
Happy birthday, Ahmad!

Thank you. I'm surprised how do you know my birthday?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Iconodule on May 25, 2016, 11:20:45 AM
I'm your mom.

(Actually it's on your profile)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: ahmad seraphim on May 25, 2016, 11:25:48 AM
I'm your mom.

(Actually it's on your profile)

Oh, I see. Thank you.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: HaydenTE on May 25, 2016, 12:07:19 PM
Here's mine, if anyone is curious.
(http://s32.postimg.org/4il0l3jx1/image.jpg)

Beautiful!
Wish I had one like this at home.

Thank you, and happy birthday!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: orthodoxindonesia on May 25, 2016, 12:14:33 PM
This is icon corner at my home

(https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11202853_939576582791120_1101176448083368904_n.jpg?oh=f2ff11df1755f0cd53fc0042f528309c&oe=57E31BDB)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: orthodoxindonesia on May 25, 2016, 12:20:44 PM
Here's mine, if anyone is curious.
(http://s32.postimg.org/4il0l3jx1/image.jpg)

Beautiful!
Wish I had one like this at home.

Lovely icon corner with beautiful icons.
Thank you, and happy birthday!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RaphaCam on May 25, 2016, 11:52:03 PM
Just printed roughly half of those.


(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xft1/v/t1.0-9/13260102_991001767619850_3742675938834672385_n.jpg?oh=03ec59ba105a667b9baad100924ac2fa&oe=57CA5DBD&__gda__=1474330679_03ab978307f751cec6c7aa6c32652da7)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RandomGalOnTheNet on May 29, 2016, 06:14:55 PM
I couldn't afford pre-mounted icons, so I ordered from nice prints and then printed the rest out myself and mounted all of them onto canvas boards that I had painted.  Not perfect, but nothing to be ashamed of, I think :)
The main corner is not on an eastern wall, but it is central to the house so I can see my vigil lamp from almost anywhere in the house; the corner is also opposite the front door, which I like.  Then both my son and I have icons on the walls opposite our beds.


Main corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5QzBTTFNnMjVpdHRpbWJtOGhuOXdELXk1M1o0/view?usp=sharing)
My corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5bE9sQ2MyX3RzOVFZWHh6YlRlVVZzb1RXUGFv/view?usp=sharing)
My son's corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5U2JpMGFfa1NjMUdJaUxkTm55c2V5cGV1aE04/view?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on May 29, 2016, 06:41:46 PM
I couldn't afford pre-mounted icons, so I ordered from nice prints and then printed the rest out myself and mounted all of them onto canvas boards that I had painted.  Not perfect, but nothing to be ashamed of, I think :)
The main corner is not on an eastern wall, but it is central to the house so I can see my vigil lamp from almost anywhere in the house; the corner is also opposite the front door, which I like.  Then both my son and I have icons on the walls opposite our beds.


Main corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5QzBTTFNnMjVpdHRpbWJtOGhuOXdELXk1M1o0/view?usp=sharing)
My corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5bE9sQ2MyX3RzOVFZWHh6YlRlVVZzb1RXUGFv/view?usp=sharing)
My son's corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5U2JpMGFfa1NjMUdJaUxkTm55c2V5cGV1aE04/view?usp=sharing)

Especially like the first one :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Nephi on June 03, 2016, 12:31:37 PM
This is icon corner at my home

(https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11202853_939576582791120_1101176448083368904_n.jpg?oh=f2ff11df1755f0cd53fc0042f528309c&oe=57E31BDB)

Nice, especially that icon of St. Evgeny! Did you order it online or buy it somewhere locally?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: biro on June 03, 2016, 02:10:00 PM
I couldn't afford pre-mounted icons, so I ordered from nice prints and then printed the rest out myself and mounted all of them onto canvas boards that I had painted.  Not perfect, but nothing to be ashamed of, I think :)
The main corner is not on an eastern wall, but it is central to the house so I can see my vigil lamp from almost anywhere in the house; the corner is also opposite the front door, which I like.  Then both my son and I have icons on the walls opposite our beds.


Main corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5QzBTTFNnMjVpdHRpbWJtOGhuOXdELXk1M1o0/view?usp=sharing)
My corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5bE9sQ2MyX3RzOVFZWHh6YlRlVVZzb1RXUGFv/view?usp=sharing)
My son's corner (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEwXa33n9P5U2JpMGFfa1NjMUdJaUxkTm55c2V5cGV1aE04/view?usp=sharing)

Those are good! :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on July 31, 2016, 04:37:29 PM
Earlier tonight.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p280x280/13669686_1000690263383805_5899399446395691912_n.jpg?oh=17dc37f9ae80d976e813ded60aa59012&oe=582C0B69)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LizaSymonenko on August 01, 2016, 09:45:33 AM

Beautiful.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on August 19, 2016, 04:04:21 AM
Recently, I was given a print of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk.

(https://www.stspress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/IMG_6088.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mike on August 19, 2016, 11:43:57 AM
Recently, I was given a print of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk.[/img]

A print stylized as a wooden carving stylized as an icon with a metal cover (printed). When I see creations like that I often wonder whether people who made such stuff have no sense of aesthetics at all.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on August 19, 2016, 12:11:04 PM
Recently, I was given a print of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk.[/img]

A print stylized as a wooden carving stylized as an icon with a metal cover (printed). When I see creations like that I often wonder whether people who made such stuff have no sense of aesthetics at all.

Or maybe it's just a photo.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on August 20, 2016, 12:14:00 AM
We all can't have original icons to take for granted.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mike on August 20, 2016, 03:43:39 AM
We all can't have original icons to take for granted.

Lack of money is not an excuse for the lack of taste.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Thomas on August 21, 2016, 05:27:16 PM
(https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1521525_473599192750608_1533083137_n.jpg?oh=2e79c49432ae37caf3cf0b26f77a9303&oe=58595257)

The icon corner at my house.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Porter ODoran on August 22, 2016, 12:09:54 AM
(https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1521525_473599192750608_1533083137_n.jpg?oh=2e79c49432ae37caf3cf0b26f77a9303&oe=58595257)

The icon corner at my house.

Now this is extraordinary. A beautiful place.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Indocern on August 22, 2016, 12:38:50 AM
(https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1521525_473599192750608_1533083137_n.jpg?oh=2e79c49432ae37caf3cf0b26f77a9303&oe=58595257)

The icon corner at my house.

Very beautiful corner with icons.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on November 10, 2016, 07:41:14 AM
My prayer corner on my dresser in my apartment.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on November 10, 2016, 11:12:07 AM
My prayer corner on my dresser in my apartment.

Probably that's first time I see crosses crafted in a fabric in such way. From where/whom have you got them?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on November 10, 2016, 05:32:05 PM
New house, new setup
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on November 10, 2016, 05:36:50 PM
I love this thread.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on November 11, 2016, 02:46:58 AM
My prayer corner on my dresser in my apartment.

Probably that's first time I see crosses crafted in a fabric in such way. From where/whom have you got them?

One of the babushkas at Church.  The Roman style cross was a gift for my chrismation.  She told me she couldn't do a Russian (3-bar) cross because of her arthritis.  Just before she died, she gave me the 3-bar one - she made it just for me.  I love that woman.  Please pray for her.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on November 29, 2016, 04:18:31 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/QvhGdIn.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on November 29, 2016, 09:38:36 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/QvhGdIn.jpg)

I've got three or four of those Kursk root cards from when it stopped in St. Francisville. I wasn't able to make either trip, but apparently several people thought I needed some kind of momento.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on November 29, 2016, 11:45:10 PM
The real deal is something spectacular to behold.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: benjohn146 on November 30, 2016, 08:30:03 PM
Here is mine.

Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on November 30, 2016, 09:02:51 PM
Is that your burial shroud hanging in the corner ready for "the big day"?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: benjohn146 on November 30, 2016, 09:50:52 PM
Yes, to remind me of my corruption and to keep myself ready for that day and what i have to do to hope for everlasting life  ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RaphaCam on December 01, 2016, 12:37:54 AM
Awesome. Sometimes I get the remembrance of death by observing the piece of wax with my hair that was cut in the tonsuring, my archbishop said I should be buried with it (I'm not sure about the prevalence of this tradition since I never found anything else about it on the internet), but keeping the burial shroud there is really bold.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on December 01, 2016, 01:35:15 AM
Even better would be to build your coffin and use it as your icon desk...until the day when your body needs it.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: mike on December 01, 2016, 01:38:02 AM
Awesome. Sometimes I get the remembrance of death by observing the piece of wax with my hair that was cut in the tonsuring, my archbishop said I should be buried with it (I'm not sure about the prevalence of this tradition since I never found anything else about it on the internet), but keeping the burial shroud there is really bold.

AFAIR, my godmother told me she keeps my chrismation hair somewhere for some reason.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on December 01, 2016, 03:52:47 AM
Even better would be to build your coffin and use it as your icon desk...until the day when your body needs it.

Easy peasy. (http://dornob.com/shelf-with-soul-home-bookcase-unit-diy-coffin-design/)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on December 01, 2016, 04:06:07 AM
Even better would be to build your coffin and use it as your icon desk...until the day when your body needs it.

Easy peasy. (http://dornob.com/shelf-with-soul-home-bookcase-unit-diy-coffin-design/)

I saved that page a few years ago.  I love the idea.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: benjohn146 on December 01, 2016, 08:26:32 AM
Even better would be to build your coffin and use it as your icon desk...until the day when your body needs it.

Easy peasy. (http://dornob.com/shelf-with-soul-home-bookcase-unit-diy-coffin-design/)

This is neat! An awesome idea that I will seriously consider! Thanks!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on December 01, 2016, 08:37:51 AM
Even better would be to build your coffin and use it as your icon desk...until the day when your body needs it.

Easy peasy. (http://dornob.com/shelf-with-soul-home-bookcase-unit-diy-coffin-design/)

This is neat! An awesome idea that I will seriously consider! Thanks!

There are several coffin bookshelves out there, but this is the only actual convertible one. ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on December 01, 2016, 09:35:46 AM
Even better would be to build your coffin and use it as your icon desk...until the day when your body needs it.

My former priest had a coffin in his office that a parishioner who later went on to become a monk built for him. He used it for a shelf.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on December 01, 2016, 01:30:08 PM
Yes, to remind me of my corruption and to keep myself ready for that day and what i have to do to hope for everlasting life  ;)

I love you. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: benjohn146 on December 01, 2016, 02:42:59 PM
Yes, to remind me of my corruption and to keep myself ready for that day and what i have to do to hope for everlasting life  ;)

I love you.

Me too Mr. Mor, me too  ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on December 02, 2016, 10:36:44 AM
Awesome. Sometimes I get the remembrance of death by observing the piece of wax with my hair that was cut in the tonsuring, my archbishop said I should be buried with it (I'm not sure about the prevalence of this tradition since I never found anything else about it on the internet), but keeping the burial shroud there is really bold.

Wow, that's an interesting custom. My priest during chrismation just put the cut hair in the candle to be burned immediatel. You can say it's for practical reason and/or a symbol of burning the previous, sinful life.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RaphaCam on December 02, 2016, 11:51:49 PM
Wow, that's an interesting custom. My priest during chrismation just put the cut hair in the candle to be burned immediatel. You can say it's for practical reason and/or a symbol of burning the previous, sinful life.
Next time I get to talk to His Excellency I'll ask him what he knows about the custom. I've looked a bit about tonsure online and didn't find anything about it, so I'm curious about how it got to us.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: benjohn146 on January 06, 2017, 09:37:59 PM
Just finish a table and 2 shelves for my new and improved icon corner!

Next: the coffin!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Justin Kolodziej on January 06, 2017, 11:05:31 PM
This will do, for now.

I'll report back on what they do with my hair once I am chrismated Sunday...hopefully. Because this is the South and snow is coming, tomorrow is out and Sunday may be out too.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: benjohn146 on January 06, 2017, 11:22:58 PM
This will do, for now.

I'll report back on what they do with my hair once I am chrismated Sunday...hopefully. Because this is the South and snow is coming, tomorrow is out and Sunday may be out too.

Very neat my friend!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on July 31, 2017, 10:22:46 AM
The actual icon corner in my room hasn't changed:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ecjDdbxVggewvG1mhQsClonRnehZ79kg9fOLiUBD-FWKKDArZz-_ZAlrf_YYarmHP-bWx_2BTz9TAvMnHy1driyf-HG9SPm8h2LB5uRR-nTw2jnEG8g2BYtAyy6X6Ct4aLlgnVJqHujb9sFxhXdjE_oJSi5dzoMvcFmSMyjzWhj2W0jF4EAz31Thyy1W90yxHrTD-pOO7GgFfapxCPkz17dRU4ZKv9urdS6P-zsOj4DpAUDdSx-wIh7yc4S7VoBSeorn_QazipJ_IGTaY-J3E-snRKYpSinEDBdLjNkISp9t-nQOy9ifWi2LEbC6PJq9RXkL5J6yrPgW79EHtK7hFy8Fbpx2zxubxm4zVlQQmMM5jiJGT0vBA9U9r5SRU39PF6K8gLNza5LaPQog6b3Gf5PMU4pz_XLMa8W2hR594B_tUqiU9wpxOpe8jEZ2ZH6zhuvzLkk7m0xmi17FrBtuCwf6qBbIOl-zgFhIDf6p9aecc7HuxJtma6rj2Mi0ggKG9R1XoBTxlH3VHv7l1zku2cDw65XptwfKW9aZQWJO5AB2X1GDyCKzyMZnGERrG88AqgC1sfgYnPG1Gk-jhUrtsuRGJxm4q6Zb8PhbEK_PSnTCBoJtXigkADiq=w714-h1070-no)

But the icons from my desk and above it plus prayer books and small liturgical ones now are in one place:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6z6Bgjc_1NT8ZHVT_UIWnSnZgpzTEan8H4ka1y9IRSOXaPx_if0CBwazx6pyswULzBkzWXmIIpSNcdBuXzHS9F-nJM4f5OtQ2YJDNtU1fUjXGZDt8f-IJ3Urh5TPBLHp4Ce6z9Vf6kI5MIZHVBAb92o7GPlGbC8_L_iLHst1uLhMe-78VtrZ1b2xaxwSl5dyIED2QmBABzqwM1KFNF4Oo_z88kaAbvdlbG8Qds9rrfG66M0Ev_9cj1Jzp7ymfokg_sUxBVJWDxJ3Tnyc-yElUq9kA031EDXLk4HjDq5LZJ56A0U8sx4R9RbAKpfSz0sah--4aO7hUOZ9ntTE8oU-ffinPJeulMV7kvt31KXZdpJTsWvTolGiEY5A1A8FsTVjj0OIUxhablsLu3yIurYZgFvMgzx0Vb1I2ve-LmKjdkzLIVzF-LbmloDS6Fr8WY03uEMx4txXffqvZMctSRtZTS2EFgiBsTZSeTp8VzNavAwRaDX559IDoaUMzZ_gInU36Od7JDDkyt1Cg1ATgMXTo4LKhxjugyGtYaaeWZAPnTSnQmLWXhe83by8_NaDgMkJD1JqBIytgdBw9OhonbOwBCIa-M6lb_-vck8iBAfJ3rDPkHCedJxa=w1605-h1070-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VXCWfnSs99HDdzRwqjPSrFDjhLA_-rkK_081tLKpHRiY7fe6eMML8NykBvN_lNKhatIYDP4gcXdUDIatCyZmg3WxvB5kdMVCM3ncCXaK6vU41h1MYPZNLWLNjtb-qbXPKTUxGsUoD_SGs5YHpo-f5sFGi2X1LxuyCWVM5pYcZG0Z70nLtlP2j1xYJ7DC7uI4wmBeiZtmwccKnPuHKN12_dZLkGmnglPg6BEPdv0ipwGQZFHzj0gvPSkeo1rBShG8ZC5emgD9QmQmHXJ_7z4PmdSL7WlEqUwz1V5qD8S8-SHqx4_MNGyYVeZGkdqrqtzAvGnY9kpqWeQhIZTvL2yftf_qhBI-Bk6H8P1-KeG7-n0dJGtmuOQzv3XdloK-DGYwMT3oo3bcNy8NZa7MCsNgAFRVbOMK54RaUe97zq1GdC0WA75gHgpZNO6lq4Ba5OPLxKfWKAw3Sm0GyE_-Ryj2IJ8fovCpcr5MxtvQtFXmSd_ZdSzXp_x4SiEJiOkpocyXXpJg8SIyiN5FAe4el1E12_LT1Vyhfv6L8TFHlHmQSkP3mAnwcZSMhWn_CVDnW8AR5m5XfS5Me6qVWlqoZwuPJURY6hn4oPCY8-GiL4DSCYUna_qovP3CRmkJ=w1605-h1070-no)

And the rest of (big) liturgical books is on a book shelf:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/gG7I4AYCl6CSEQ_VvPMpicNN7g7hk4kDTpg0DryK2MIXo_5NRlJTxM969RbHz_DS8Ero0L2aNxxImbJYwUZNwAS2pgZEs33eB36-Odz_pPzHPHNh2G63VVFMsegaVSrk2oKNSaT_49tN08c8pd2RDEQqrYNPvEFg-7K2s6_eG07pc1Tq0bq8YFiFbzZncY75uwgB-FmZimC1Irv9Tbv4Sz5RVXsI4tpbrOBDxGk6JCBLJugaPqntlXAIFhp0nwJQSYSwHy9_z0IipPWMkF-2qEcf5wvkN6BLXxv4y9f0cg4NgcvWVuX6Q30EbBiueGrqA6mO4GKsnHk6DfpwLCsS3C5diyl6XFHimz49_gw6E-dEY0KAMXhx8iBlegEoxy2J7NtO3xOjLWuh9l3SBH7TAvrEFsllmiCYEOIKsTKR0PLqNCnAKet5dRV0ROU4Pk9x9nQjkmwcwl6q6FtWxv8BZC2NGNfdi0FqmYZTFDInIToQ1t0i58BBr5HHD0Z58bfyz-sc9t3pQ66WH_INk5jbuLL94Kpg0JM_0jwcpTr4nuJJA2D_7AJk-3bjnJNVXPxNVwCwCzpUT71RSDBP0rjDdLpJ1RDIL9aU6NHxeQumQRKasa39iFla=w1605-h1070-no)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RobS on July 31, 2017, 10:39:00 AM
I dont have any icons but someone told me yesterday they should be facing east?

What are some basics I should have to get me started on a prayer corner?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on July 31, 2017, 10:54:38 AM
I dont have any icons but someone told me yesterday they should be facing east?
They should (churches - I mean altars - are also facing easter), but it's not a dogma.

What are some basics I should have to get me started on a prayer corner?
Cross, Theotokos with Christ, your saint patron.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RobS on July 31, 2017, 11:04:30 AM
Thank you Dominika.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Iconodule on July 31, 2017, 11:11:32 AM
I think it's more they should be facing west and you would be facing east toward them. But like Dominika said it's not a dogma. In my house it's not really feasible.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RobS on July 31, 2017, 11:16:24 AM
I think it's more they should be facing west and you would be facing east toward them. But like Dominika said it's not a dogma. In my house it's not really feasible.
I dont think its feasible for me either. I only have one spot for a small table. I live in a pretty small 1 bedroom apartment.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on July 31, 2017, 11:38:01 AM
I think it's more they should be facing west and you would be facing east toward them. But like Dominika said it's not a dogma. In my house it's not really feasible.

Yeah, that's exact. Moreover, at least in Serbian tradition, it's said that they sould be in a real corner (so not on the wall, but between 2 walls). But the most important thing is... that you're faced toward God ;)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Agabus on July 31, 2017, 12:57:58 PM
I think it's more they should be facing west and you would be facing east toward them. But like Dominika said it's not a dogma. In my house it's not really feasible.

Yeah, that's exact. Moreover, at least in Serbian tradition, it's said that they sould be in a real corner (so not on the wall, but between 2 walls). But the most important thing is... that you're faced toward God ;)

+1
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Hawkeye on October 06, 2017, 10:39:23 PM
The closest thing I have to an icon corner is my roommate's Deesis icon (it's under 2 inches by 2 inches; quite small) taped to a picture frame atop the refrigerator. :D

I have a second, larger icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker which I keep in my nightstand. I take it out when I need it and return it afterwards.

What I'm currently working with, such as it is. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-1i5KDQxm7MOG5WUzltY0ZHT28/view?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: The young fogey on October 07, 2017, 06:48:59 AM
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Jg9qiqtlkgU/WJeSXo5BeuI/AAAAAAAAJtY/MEq7Z0DGxbYYR4cmGIBZhzlgjmVwxKQQQCLcB/s1600/IMG_2490.JPG)

My little one, a Russian nook with no latinizations; my Byzantine Rite prayer books are on the shelves. Mary (brass plaque), the crucifix, St. Panteleimon (actually cloth in a frame), and the Trinity (a tsarist print mounted on wood). Now there's a holy card of the suffering Christ on the corner shelf. There's also a framed card with various saints on it over the doorway.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Arachne on October 07, 2017, 11:07:56 AM
What I'm currently working with, such as it is. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-1i5KDQxm7MOG5WUzltY0ZHT28/view?usp=sharing)

That's a lovely cross, there.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: NicholasMyra on October 09, 2017, 09:10:36 PM
I think it's more they should be facing west and you would be facing east toward them. But like Dominika said it's not a dogma. In my house it's not really feasible.

Yeah, that's exact. Moreover, at least in Serbian tradition, it's said that they sould be in a real corner (so not on the wall, but between 2 walls). But the most important thing is... that you're faced toward God ;)
Thanks to the thrift shop I finally have a corner hutch to do that
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: The young fogey on October 11, 2017, 08:07:27 PM
Here's a better look at my nook.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4466/37386261940_ea393b413e_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RaphaCam on October 12, 2017, 02:38:05 AM
Nice cross, where did you get it from?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: The young fogey on October 12, 2017, 04:13:23 AM
Nice cross, where did you get it from?

Thanks. One of the Russian Orthodox churches around here, I think St. Michael's, Philadelphia. The Trinity and St. Panteleimon are from a late Russian man's collection.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: The young fogey on October 19, 2017, 07:56:37 PM
Upgrade thanks to a second corner shelf.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4484/37801816051_2ae7ed4f80_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RobS on October 22, 2017, 09:57:14 PM
Here's mine. Most of the icons and prayer ropes were donated to me. I'd like to get a vigil lamp from HTM sometime.

(https://i.imgur.com/5523VSq.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on October 22, 2017, 10:30:04 PM
Here's mine. Most of the icons and prayer ropes were donated to me. I'd like to get a vigil lamp from HTM sometime.

(https://i.imgur.com/5523VSq.jpg?1)

nice +1  :)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Volnutt on October 23, 2017, 12:42:37 AM
Here's mine. Most of the icons and prayer ropes were donated to me. I'd like to get a vigil lamp from HTM sometime.

(https://i.imgur.com/5523VSq.jpg?1)

Do you find that each of those books is regularly needed?
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: xOrthodox4Christx on October 23, 2017, 04:33:41 AM
Here's mine. Most of the icons and prayer ropes were donated to me. I'd like to get a vigil lamp from HTM sometime.

(https://i.imgur.com/5523VSq.jpg?1)

Do you find that each of those books is regularly needed?

I have more books in my corner. All of the Hebrew, Greek and Latin versions of the Bible I've collected plus a couple of English versions. I have a Jordanville Prayer Book, Book of Hours and a book containing the Lamentations services of Holy Friday.

I am curious what all of those books are though.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RobS on October 23, 2017, 07:28:38 AM
Do you find that each of those books is regularly needed?
I don't know if needed, but they are part of my prayer rule. I use the Old Believers book for prayers, read 1 homily a day from St. isaac's Ascetical Homilies, a psalm or two from the Psalter, a small excerpt from St John of Kronstadt, and the little communion book before Liturgy. The Ladder and Spiritual Psalter are there cause I dont have the shelf space. Id like to read both during Lent.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: RobS on October 23, 2017, 07:34:01 AM
I am curious what all of those books are though.
Top row from left:
St John of Kronstadt spiritual gems by day.
Preparation for Holy Communion (beneath that is a pocket Psalter for Prayer)
Spiritual Psalter of St. Ephraim the Syrian
Prayer Book acccording to EOC
Son of the Church (from Old Rite parish in Erie PA)

Bottom row from left:
Ladder of Divine Ascent
St. isaac's Ascetical Homilies
HTM Psalter
Old Believers prayer book
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on October 23, 2017, 08:38:44 PM
Travelling around.  My current hotel situation.

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/p19QzrbLSw2MmyVu5V1kck0prNMIf5R3YGSydLelJ78DjKU-jT4d-VzynPl8tRAKcI2R0SgQWmbw2h1uC4OtPVJsK_q37CDBW9PTb8q9fRjVFihrj6gJPNAOyI7_pMDIYYUHChMGTqLD42V_rfS66F-ala2MMo8aqApmjQaAzeD6CtEGA_d-vp5ZUVOpI_p9tSyTQcIKartodjEKXR2RaivKN9ptSlrNCrQ5-G2h0o-Eu5JIEgpgTy1jXWlig-dwGCNgb6cE7ZZxUNQEurnpjGL5vlaGeohZjPoeVlNeWO-MWm2CPuaAhy6rF7VZRUO1sy2V5TrGPH877fcSnWHZl3I_o9bwcqFRzsW1ZdNssPoTF43UppRsXFpPLpjTJckmWKUWOvR51Kb1tFAU26LFNSQ5hv4W6X8r4MZ9EI3ZwLgOEzJqoghETC-gw-6S851ztfOeXqCgehCNVetqfPkUB0wgFwpM1-slze4PHvYrYdnLTNmrvx8Roae6UOR87P9VLr7UQWAcg4cYczWe14nW4Z1QzAstkyCcItwG5dWAU8Io4bciiUXtK52iZT63G6hi03jDWpix2kwg47GBNQaRgfHUnAQDEhgQpj9ncO6tvA=w1133-h637-no)
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on October 23, 2017, 09:01:11 PM
You have the fifth American Gospel (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,15799.msg225219.html#msg225219), what more is needed!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on October 23, 2017, 10:08:07 PM
You have the fifth American Gospel (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,15799.msg225219.html#msg225219), what more is needed!
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lol, what a thread.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: IXOYE on October 24, 2017, 08:08:42 AM
Here's mine. Most of the icons and prayer ropes were donated to me. I'd like to get a vigil lamp from HTM sometime.

(https://i.imgur.com/5523VSq.jpg?1)

Nicely organized icon corner, RobS.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on November 02, 2017, 02:38:56 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/dC9hkKS.png)

Neither the room nor the icons are slanted, my camera was. I had used printed-out icons in frames before, but decided to, um, upgrade? That definitely isn't the right word. Well, whatever it is is what I did.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Mor Ephrem on November 02, 2017, 02:49:11 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/dC9hkKS.png)

So this is where Asteriktos sanctifies himself. 
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Asteriktos on November 02, 2017, 02:54:26 PM
At least 3 minutes a day!  :P
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: Dominika on November 02, 2017, 03:32:46 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/dC9hkKS.png)

Neither the room nor the icons are slanted, my camera was. I had used printed-out icons in frames before, but decided to, um, upgrade? That definitely isn't the right word. Well, whatever it is is what I did.

Like it!
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: hecma925 on November 02, 2017, 08:30:34 PM
At least 3 minutes a day!  :P

A true ascetic.  I hope to get to that point at some point before death.
Title: Re: Icon corners
Post by: LivenotoneviL on November 23, 2017, 02:58:32 PM
This is mine - it still has bit of work to do (getting a new cover that is more dignified, adding more icons, especially near the candles, getting new books, etc.), but for where I am money wise, I think it's okay.

(http://image.ibb.co/hshedR/Untitled.jpg)

Full size:
http://image.ibb.co/cZiKdR/IMG_0068.jpg

The fabric has been straightened out since I took this picture (when I reset it up).

I picked out Saint Matthew (which is the my names Saint) and Saint Michael (who was my Roman Catholic Confirmation name and whom I think still has significance to me) as the two Saints underneath Christ and the Theotokos.

There are icons over the candle holders, which are that of "Our Lady and Jerusalem" and the Holy Family (which, I know isn't really proper, but is it true or false?)

I also organized it so everyone is facing towards the Crucifixion. I think that this is the Roman Catholic coming out of me though.