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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #630 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)

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Ladder of Divine Ascent
St. isaac's Ascetical Homilies
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #631 on: October 23, 2017, 08:38:44 PM »
Travelling around.  My current hotel situation.

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« Reply #632 on: October 23, 2017, 09:01:11 PM »
You have the fifth American Gospel, what more is needed!

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« Reply #633 on: October 23, 2017, 10:08:07 PM »
You have the fifth American Gospel, what more is needed!
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #634 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.



Nicely organized icon corner, RobS.

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #635 on: November 02, 2017, 02:38:56 PM »


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.

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #636 on: November 02, 2017, 02:49:11 PM »


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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #637 on: November 02, 2017, 02:54:26 PM »
At least 3 minutes a day!  :P

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #638 on: November 02, 2017, 03:32:46 PM »


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.

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #639 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.
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #640 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.



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.
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #641 on: November 29, 2017, 02:29:38 AM »
(which, I know isn't really proper, but is it true or false?)

What is true or false?
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #642 on: November 29, 2017, 05:35:08 AM »
(which, I know isn't really proper, but is it true or false?)

What is true or false?

The small Holy Family icon above one of the candle holders.
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #643 on: November 29, 2017, 10:47:36 AM »
Is it true or false that Saint Joseph was guardian over Jesus throughout his childhood?

Yes, some people will deplore holy family icons because they, supposedly, imply that Joseph was Jesus' father, despite the fact that Catholics who are around these icons all the time don't believe this. I call this the Stalin-Yezhov school of iconography.



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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #644 on: November 29, 2017, 11:02:51 AM »
Where did you get the candle holders, LivenotoneviL? I need to get one myself.
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #645 on: November 29, 2017, 11:44:43 AM »
Where did you get the candle holders, LivenotoneviL? I need to get one myself.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Catholic-Religious-Candle-Holder-Protestant-Holy-family-Maria-of-Jerusalem-icon/301973754024?hash=item464f09d0a8:m:m_i6VZOo_GgC_QuR5ZghpGw

Although the title says "Catholic," they aren't affiliated with any particular sect; they appear to sell Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish, and Islamic religious goods.

I bought those candles (and a lot of those icons) at a time when I reverted back to Traditional Catholicism, so I had no moral qualms about purchasing something "Catholic."

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wood-RUSSIAN-ORTHODOX-Bless-Home-Icon-crucifix-Wall-Hanging-Decor-Holy-Family/291193939847?hash=item43cc82e787:g:hbAAAOSwjDZYYtuZ
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #646 on: November 29, 2017, 11:57:38 AM »
Is it true or false that Saint Joseph was guardian over Jesus throughout his childhood?

Yes, some people will deplore holy family icons because they, supposedly, imply that Joseph was Jesus' father, despite the fact that Catholics who are around these icons all the time don't believe this. I call this the Stalin-Yezhov school of iconography.

But I think that the Orthodox are right when they say that, Traditionally, the role of Saint Joseph in art has always been downplayed. The Holy Family icon clearly comes from Rome giving Saint Joseph a more prominent role (as I think even every Mass Saint Joseph is asked for intercession).
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #647 on: November 29, 2017, 12:09:20 PM »
In other words, "It comes from the west, so it must be bad."
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #648 on: November 29, 2017, 12:40:30 PM »
I'm glad that Western influence gave us the Extreme Humility and Softener of Hearts icons. Two of my favorites.
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #649 on: December 04, 2017, 06:17:29 PM »
Here is ours, which I finally rearranged to accommodate our wedding icons. This alcove is between our kitchen and living room and is almost always in sight wherever one is in that area. Our landlord frowns on excess nails in walls and we're hoping to purchase a house soon, so I haven't organized them in an appropriate way and also have a few more in storage owing to a lack of room.

Top to bottom, clockwise: The Resurrection, Protection of the Mother of God, Softener of Evil Hearts (from when the myrrh-streaming icon visited our parish), Christ Pantocrator, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Archangel Gabriel, Saint Nicholas the Tsar-Martyr (my patron saint), our wedding icons, and the Kazan Mother of God.




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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #650 on: March 02, 2018, 01:35:33 PM »
So are there any traditions about placement/arrangement of icons in corners as there are with, say, the iconostasis? Are certain saints put above or below others, feasts placed in a certain place, female saints to one side and males to the other, etc.?

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #651 on: March 02, 2018, 02:12:16 PM »
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« Reply #652 on: March 02, 2018, 06:21:56 PM »
^^ what are these leaves on the top?
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« Reply #653 on: March 03, 2018, 02:59:51 AM »
^^ what are these leaves on the top?
From Christmas at a Serbian church.

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #654 on: March 03, 2018, 05:05:09 AM »
Ah, prayer corners. Mine is more of a cluttered prayer shelf. I don't live in my own place so can't hang anything on the walls. That said, I just have a bunch of icons, prayer books, etc. piled up on a dresser. Most were also donated since I'm in a pretty dire situation financially.

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« Reply #655 on: March 03, 2018, 05:07:37 AM »
So are there any traditions about placement/arrangement of icons in corners as there are with, say, the iconostasis? Are certain saints put above or below others, feasts placed in a certain place, female saints to one side and males to the other, etc.?

Only guidelines I know of is to have Christ and the Theotokos set up like they are in an Iconostasis. Ideally, the prayer corner should also face East, but that is not a hard and fast rule. Honestly, it's a difficult one for most people to follow as where an icon corner can be ultimately depends on the layout of one's house.

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #656 on: March 03, 2018, 07:37:25 AM »
^^ what are these leaves on the top?
From Christmas at a Serbian church.

The first thought was that it's badnjak, but I don't associate you with Serbian Church, so I considered it as "impossible". I was wrong ;)
You see, despite being Serbian, I've never had badnjakat my home ;) That's what is called a paradox, I suppose.


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« Reply #657 on: March 03, 2018, 10:54:36 AM »
The first thought was that it's badnjak, but I don't associate you with Serbian Church, so I considered it as "impossible". I was wrong ;)
There's a Serbian parish in town and I visited it at a friend's invitation. 

We are lucky to have a Greek, a Romanian, a Serbian, a Russian and a couple of Antiochian parishes in town.  So many riches... and food festivals! ;)
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« Reply #658 on: March 03, 2018, 02:57:49 PM »
The first thought was that it's badnjak, but I don't associate you with Serbian Church, so I considered it as "impossible". I was wrong ;)
There's a Serbian parish in town and I visited it at a friend's invitation. 

We are lucky to have a Greek, a Romanian, a Serbian, a Russian and a couple of Antiochian parishes in town.  So many riches... and food festivals! ;)

I'm jealous! A couple of Antiochian parishes plus Romanian, Serbian and Greek! (I'm not fan of Russian)
In Poland, since we're autocephalus, we have only Polish parishes. But, at least, we have good Polish food ;) And parishioners from various minorities, especially in Warsaw (a few Serbs, a few Greek, a few Moldovians, a few Japanese) bring their food for some occassions.
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #659 on: March 03, 2018, 03:33:44 PM »
Ah, prayer corners. Mine is more of a cluttered prayer shelf. I don't live in my own place so can't hang anything on the walls. That said, I just have a bunch of icons, prayer books, etc. piled up on a dresser. Most were also donated since I'm in a pretty dire situation financially.

I am a fellow keeper of a humble prayer "corner."  Using it is a huge start.  :)
And I hope you're carried through.  Financial struggles can be consuming.
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #660 on: March 29, 2018, 12:55:17 PM »
I'm glad I found this thread. My family and I are moving within the next couple of weeks and greatly downsizing our residence from a house to an apartment. I have been concerned over where to put our Icon corner due to lack of space; hopefully I can get some ideas here.

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #661 on: June 28, 2018, 08:13:24 PM »
I have scaled back some of the icons all over the house in recent months, but this is in a small space on top of a bookshelf in our living room.

The Christ and Theotokos icons are attached to my oldest son and daughter's baptismal candles. The two youngest children's candles are just out of frame. Son No. 2's candle was lost somewhere in the bustle since he was baptized during the literal eye of a hurricane.

The Bible was one of my grandfather's preaching Bibles, and has his handwritten notes in it. Closest thing I have to  relic.

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« Reply #662 on: June 29, 2018, 02:38:33 AM »
Great icon. I read a book about him (but mostly focused on the Scholl siblings) for school and loved it, it was amazing to find out he was a canonised saint years later.
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« Reply #664 on: June 29, 2018, 06:20:40 AM »
^^ love the Ethiopian stuff ;)
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« Reply #665 on: June 29, 2018, 07:18:10 AM »
^^ love the Ethiopian stuff ;)

This icon corner in particular is very vibrant.
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« Reply #666 on: June 29, 2018, 07:34:29 AM »
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #667 on: June 29, 2018, 11:39:35 AM »
Great icon. I read a book about him (but mostly focused on the Scholl siblings) for school and loved it, it was amazing to find out he was a canonised saint years later.

It's a lot easier to find stuff about the Scholls than it is about Alexander (though Holy Trinity Publications has a short book/hagiography about him now) or Willie Graf.
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« Reply #668 on: June 30, 2018, 12:44:55 PM »
Hello, My Brothers and Sisters,

I have a question on an Icon corner, must if face east or can it be anywhere ?? I'm an Orthodox Christian I use to have one up but it was over my wife's work desk. I took it down because it wasn't working out for me in that area, because I was able to pray there. Does anyone has any advice as to where it is to be???? I look to you my brother's and sister's help on this......


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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #669 on: June 30, 2018, 01:48:30 PM »
Hello, My Brothers and Sisters,

I have a question on an Icon corner, must if face east or can it be anywhere ?? I'm an Orthodox Christian I use to have one up but it was over my wife's work desk. I took it down because it wasn't working out for me in that area, because I was able to pray there. Does anyone has any advice as to where it is to be???? I look to you my brother's and sister's help on this......


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it's best if it is east but It does not necessarily have to be for example mine is on the wall just next to my bed so when I wake up the first thing I see is Jesus Christ looking down at me!
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« Reply #670 on: August 02, 2018, 02:23:30 PM »


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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #671 on: August 02, 2018, 07:40:14 PM »
^^ Good one!
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #672 on: August 02, 2018, 08:09:49 PM »

Let us open our mouths and sing hymns of salvation. Come and fall down in the house of the Lord and say: Pardon our sins, you who hung upon the cross and rose from the dead, and yet are forever in the bosom of the Father.

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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #673 on: August 03, 2018, 06:55:07 AM »
^^ How did you manage to have such nice light on the cross? Only by candles?
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Re: Icon corners
« Reply #674 on: August 03, 2018, 09:37:14 AM »
^^ How did you manage to have such nice light on the cross? Only by candles?

There is a halogen light fixture attached to the ceiling above.
Let us open our mouths and sing hymns of salvation. Come and fall down in the house of the Lord and say: Pardon our sins, you who hung upon the cross and rose from the dead, and yet are forever in the bosom of the Father.

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