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Offline Psalti Boy

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Blessing of Icons
« on: October 16, 2005, 11:47:32 PM »
Is it a tradition on the GOA to leave Icons in the altar for 40 ndays when they are blessed?

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005, 01:17:34 AM »
Is it a tradition on the GOA to leave Icons in the altar for 40 ndays when they are blessed?

I think it may be an ORTHODOX Tradition. 

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2005, 01:25:23 AM »
I thought it was an Orthodox tradition too, but an Antiochian priest told me you can leave it in the church for 2 days if you want to.

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2005, 02:24:54 AM »
That is the custom that some follow at my GOA parish (40 days).  Since we have a very small altar area it makes it a little interesting to navigate back there sometimes...

But I have seen others say that icons need not be blessed since they were painted/printed for the sole purpose of religious use (like it would be redundant to bless them). 

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2005, 06:19:49 AM »
I've heard of the Greeks doing it, but haven't heard from any Slavs if they do it too...
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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2005, 10:01:08 AM »
Yes, Icons should be taken to church for 40 days to be blessed.....I know this from my mother.
Icons sometimes are prints-copies of the originals......therefore, they need to be blessed.
Icons that are hand painted coming from monastics are often blessed in church.

The same goes for Crosses that Orthodox Christians wear........they should be blessed.

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2005, 10:07:48 AM »
Fwiw, my wife and I have had icons blessed at a half dozen parishes (we move a lot, in more ways than one ;D ), including parishes from 3 different jurisdictions (OCA, Antiochian, ROCOR), and we've never had the priest leave the icon on the altar longer than about a week. I am not saying this to contradict the above people, of course. I'm not claiming this to be the right (or even best) way to go about thigns, just saying that it's what we have experienced here in Western PA.

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2005, 01:29:11 PM »
I've heard of the Greeks doing it, but haven't heard from any Slavs if they do it too...

I know we've done it at every Serbian Orthodox Parish I've belonged to (so far that is 4).
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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2005, 05:51:21 PM »
I was told that some Russian customs have the icon blessed right there, on the spot.

My GOA parish put it on the altar for 40 days.

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2005, 06:06:50 PM »
When my icons were blessed, they were sprinkled with holy water while my priest said prayers over them and then the icons were left on the altar from the end of Saturday Vespers until after the liturgy on Sunday morning.

For the record, this was at an OCA church.

I was not aware that there was such a variance in how icons were blessed until this thread - most interesting.

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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2005, 06:37:52 PM »
Actually, looking in our Greek Euhologion, there is a prayer for the blessing of icons; which explains why the chaplain here at school doesn't leave them in the sanctuary for 40 days - since there is a prayer and blessing with Holy Water that is prescribed in the book.
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Re: Blessing of Icons
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2005, 07:36:26 PM »
I'd never heard of leaving an icon in the sanctuary for 40 days, either.  At my OCA parish, the custom has (to the best of my knowledge) been prayers and sprinkling with holy water, after leaving it on the altar through one Liturgy.  Basically, bring it in before Liturgy, drop it off, and pick up an incensed and sprinkled icon afterwards.
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