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Offline trifecta

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Kissing icons with relics
« 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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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« 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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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« 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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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« 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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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 10:15:24 PM »
LOL^ ;D
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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010, 10:38:11 PM »
If you do it wrong, the veneration police are going to revoke your baptism.

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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010, 10:01:50 PM »
Kiss it if it doesn't move.

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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« 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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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« 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. ;D
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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« 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. ;D

I was thinking more of "the kiss of peace" and how Slavs and Greeks kiss each other when greeting one another. ;)
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Re: Kissing icons with relics
« 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. ;D

I was thinking more of "the kiss of peace" and how Slavs and Greeks kiss each other when greeting one another. ;)
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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