thanks for the reply. I think my main question is, what does this sanctification "do"? For example, the Hindu "prana pratistha" ritual "infuses" a statue/picture/whatever with the energies of whatever god they desire. How does this relate to the sanctification of icons? I know it isn't exactly like what Hindus believe, but I'm just curious as to why icons are blessed/what the traditional icon writing processes do in contrast to just a regular print icon. Maybe this is just my old Catholic self wanting to know "why" things are, instead of accepting that we can't explain everything.