Everyone, I could use some help.
I've been considering using a icon at home ("using an icon" doesn't quite sound right, but there you go).
I have some very specific questions, with pictures and dimensions and all kinda fun stuff.
First of all, I live nearly like a monastic, or so that is the typical response I get when most folks visit me. My apartment is very small and rather spartan.
I sleep in the NE corner of my apartment, so that is out of the question. I do have this shelf on an eastward facing wall:
Height of each "cube": 6 3/8"
Height of entire unit: 69 5/8"
If you just have to have one, here is the link to the IKEA page:http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20116274
The top "cube" is basically eye level for me and probably can accommodate a single icon. This is not much of a problem, as I don't want to have more than one at least for now, but more questions on that later.
I've thought and prayed about which icon to start with. An icon of the Theotokos with Christ seems to be what is most appropriate. Many of my prayers are for my deceased mother and thanks to the Church and its teachings on the prayers for the departed, it played no small role in a complete change in my relationship with her.
So, since I am so limited in space, what could I place on the other shelves? I've read a lot and looked at many prayer corners, mine has to be a little more utilitarian. Would using some of the spaces below for Bibles I actually use along with some theological texts be out of line? Perhaps on the bottom shelf a non-descript box containing some correspondence and mementos I keep from friends and family over the years? I imagine adding another icon below eye-level wouldn't be very kosher.
Mounted icon or not for this situation?
I am not going to use incense. I've mentioned my allergy before. But I would like to use a candle, but as you see from the space, a very small candle (tea candle size) would be probably the most practical and fitting.
As with most things in my inquiry into Orthodoxy I do not want to run head long and dedicate an entire wall to a dozen icons, if you get my meaning.
Thank you for your input.
In an ideal situation, I would to commission an icon from this iconographer:http://web.me.com/iconmotif/Site/Home.html
He did the icons for the church I attend and I really admire his work.