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« on: February 08, 2010, 11:16:17 PM »

This goes onto the category--Everything you wanted to know about
Orthodoxy but was afraid to ask.  (A subboard suggestion, BTW).

Some icons in my church have a small relic which I understand is
the property of the saint him/her self.   It is usually at the bottom
of the icon enclosed in a small circular case. 

When I venerate the icon (on the hand or feet), do I also kiss the relic?


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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 11:33:31 PM »

We have a number of these icon reliquaries in our parish church and it is my custom, and that of most any other parishoner I have seen venerate one of these images, to just kiss the relic.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 11:47:56 PM »

We typically venerate both the relic and the icon at my parish. I would "monkey see, monkey do" if in doubt.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 10:05:03 PM »

If you do it wrong, the veneration police are going to revoke your baptism.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 10:15:24 PM »

LOL^ Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010, 10:38:11 PM »

If you do it wrong, the veneration police are going to revoke your baptism.

My sister was threatened to be signed out of the Orthodoxy by some zealous men because she had no headscarf on the pilgrimage.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010, 10:01:50 PM »

Kiss it if it doesn't move.
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2010, 10:35:50 PM »

Kiss it if it doesn't move.

Even if it does move, kiss it! lol
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2010, 08:34:09 PM »

Kiss it if it doesn't move.

Even if it does move, kiss it! lol
If a relic ever moves, get your priest right away. You'll have a big service--and then you can kiss it. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2010, 09:54:11 PM »

Kiss it if it doesn't move.

Even if it does move, kiss it! lol
If a relic ever moves, get your priest right away. You'll have a big service--and then you can kiss it. Grin

I was thinking more of "the kiss of peace" and how Slavs and Greeks kiss each other when greeting one another. Wink
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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2010, 10:05:59 AM »

Kiss it if it doesn't move.

Even if it does move, kiss it! lol
If a relic ever moves, get your priest right away. You'll have a big service--and then you can kiss it. Grin

I was thinking more of "the kiss of peace" and how Slavs and Greeks kiss each other when greeting one another. Wink
Ah, yes. Most of us shake hands during the kiss of peace, but our immigrant friends often are a lot more affectionate.
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