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« on: January 02, 2010, 11:23:06 PM »

Hello, friends.  I read someone talk of an Icon table.  I have three icons.  Our Lord, The Theotokos of Vladimir, and an icon of St. Tikhon of Moscow (my patron) with scenes from his life.  are there any other icons that most Orthodox have?
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2010, 11:33:58 PM »

Must have?  Not really.  But for most Orthodox Christians, I think that they have one of Christ, one of the Theotokos and one of their patron saint(s).  The amount is really a subjective detail.  At the same time, remember that St. Seraphim of Sarov (whom we commemorate today) spent his life in the wilderness with only an icon of the Theotokos.  I'm sure that many of the desert fathers and hermits also didn't have icons.  It's not how many, but how you use what you have to enlighten your prayer life.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010, 12:09:58 AM »

Hello, friends.  I read someone talk of an Icon table.  I have three icons.  Our Lord, The Theotokos of Vladimir, and an icon of St. Tikhon of Moscow (my patron) with scenes from his life.  are there any other icons that most Orthodox have?

Because of our affluence here in America many of us have quite a lot of icons. From my very limited personal experience most of the Orthodox Christians I know have an icon of St Seraphim of Sarov. Of course most of the people I know belong to an OCA parish.


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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010, 01:02:09 AM »

Hello, friends.  I read someone talk of an Icon table.  I have three icons.  Our Lord, The Theotokos of Vladimir, and an icon of St. Tikhon of Moscow (my patron) with scenes from his life.  are there any other icons that most Orthodox have?

Because of our affluence here in America many of us have quite a lot of icons. From my very limited personal experience most of the Orthodox Christians I know have an icon of St Seraphim of Sarov. Of course most of the people I know belong to an OCA parish.


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you know, I have heard about St. Seraphim of Sarov a lot.  why is he so special?  and, I keep wondering if my parish is an OCA parish, here is their website:       http://www.orthodoxpueblo.org/index.html 
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010, 01:07:44 AM »

I keep wondering if my parish is an OCA parish, here is their website:       http://www.orthodoxpueblo.org/index.html

Yes, your jurisdiction is the OCA (Orthodox Church in America).  Look at the upper right corner of the website.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010, 01:10:09 AM »

I keep wondering if my parish is an OCA parish, here is their website:       http://www.orthodoxpueblo.org/index.html

Yes, your jurisdiction is the OCA (Orthodox Church in America).  Look at the upper right corner of the website.

I see!  how interesting!  all I know is that when my church was recieved into the Orthodox church, it was Serbian/Russian.  Guess I'd better change the info on my profile!
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010, 02:01:12 AM »



Your church is beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010, 02:13:51 AM »



Your church is beautiful!

thank you!  I must agree...it's far more beautiful that any of the other churches I have ever been to.   
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010, 02:18:03 AM »

Hello, friends.  I read someone talk of an Icon table.  I have three icons.  Our Lord, The Theotokos of Vladimir, and an icon of St. Tikhon of Moscow (my patron) with scenes from his life.  are there any other icons that most Orthodox have?

As noted, due to print-making technology, modern Orthodox, especially in America but also just in general, tend to have a lot more icons than Orthodox of former centuries--when every icon had to be hand-painted--did.

Generally, the minimum is one of Christ, one of the Theotokos, and one of the patron saint for each member of the family. After that, people tend to add icons for those saints they feel particularly close to.
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010, 02:45:22 AM »

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you know, I have heard about St. Seraphim of Sarov a lot.  why is he so special? 

Read his life and you will know. Many Orthodox Christians hold him very dear. He was known for his love, humility, and being a very holy man. He truly lived up to his name being like an angel here on earth.
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2010, 03:55:25 PM »

The icon if St. James to remind you that we are not saved by faith alone. Smiley laugh

I guess it always depends on your jurisdiction. Most Greeks have an icon of St. George and St. Nicolas, for example.
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2010, 06:17:13 PM »

Trevor, your church is almost identical to mine in appearance!
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2010, 06:27:34 PM »

Trevor I would suggest icon of St. Michael since he is the patron of your parish
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2010, 06:54:41 PM »

If you are American, maybe an icon of All Saints of [North] America:
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you know, I have heard about St. Seraphim of Sarov a lot.  why is he so special?  and, I keep wondering if my parish is an OCA parish, here is their website:       http://www.orthodoxpueblo.org/index.html 


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All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other. We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves. When we gaze at our own failings, we see such a swamp that nothing in another can equal it. That is why we turn away, and make much of the faults of others.

Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace. Keep silent, refrain from judgement. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult, and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil"

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