Advice 1: How to consecrate an embroidered icon

Prayers for the blessing of the icons included in the formulary only in the XVII century. It then began to appear the non-canonical pictorial images. So before you consecrate the icon, the priest checked, is it possible to do it. Regarding embroidered icons still there is no consensus.
How to consecrate an embroidered icon
If you have bought the scheme for embroidery icons in the store, be sure to consult the priest of his parish for a blessing before starting work. Refer to it should be and if you have created sketch. It will check whether the figure of the Church canons. It is believed that work on icon only mastering the technique of facial embroidery. Although currently there is no consensus on this issue.
Ask the priest to sanctify the icon after it will be embroidered. However, be ready that not every priest will treat you with understanding. Someone of the priests believed that such icons to sanctify should not, under any circumstances, since it is only fashionable kitsch. Someone believes that such work can only be performed by nuns or people who have the blessing of the Patriarch. In some churches required to bless the thread and fabric.
Start to embroider the icon only when you receive the blessing, if you still want to consecrate it. While embroidering, follow lax post. Each time before starting work and after read the prayer. During embroidering, you have to think only about good, clean, bright things. Internal laceration, quarrels with loved ones, resentment, bad thoughts will stay away. In any case, do not watch TV or listen to music. Your mental attitude must be in tune with what you are doing, not the fact that is not related to the work on the icon.
Don't do it at Church feasts, Friday night, Sunday and "the unclean days" (during menstruation). The best time for stitching - post. But then you should not start work in the hours between washing Windows and cleaning carpets. Take your time to finish the embroidery to some day. This work is not vanity.
After you finish the embroidery, see your priest or another parish in order to illuminate this icon. Be prepared for the fact that it will ask you whether you this blessing, if you fasted while you work, the days worked on the creation of the image. It is likely that he will sanctify your work, not as an iconbut as a utensil ("all things"). Do not argue with him, and accept his decision with humility.

Advice 2: How to embroider icons

Among the various types of needlework, especially embroidery, is a special type of creativity – ecclesiastical embroidery. Many believers craftswomen embroider thread for the outline of the icon, not inferior to the real scenic beauty of the icons, and beautiful paintings with embroidered stories and faces of icons, can be as decoration of temples and decoration for your own home. In our days the interest in the embroidery of icons reborn, and all the more common masters, who are able to recreate on canvas a complex and beautiful image of the Church. As in the case with beautiful icons, embroidered icons are created in several stages, about which we will tell you in this article.
How to embroider icons
The basis for the embroidery is sturdy wooden frame with a stretched fabric on it – just as the wooden Board is the basis of scenic icons. Position horizontal frame for embroidery and do not move her in the process. Frame preparation is the first stage of the work.
The second stage consists in selecting suitable fabric, you will pull on the frame. The choice of canvas depends on what technique you will work, and if you are going to fill the whole canvas embroidery, choose linen or calico. If embroidery will be visible colored background, use the silk and velvet, beneath which stretched the lining fabric to give it strength.
Pulling the canvas to the frame and securing it well, proceed to the third stage – transfer to the fabric pattern that you will embroider. It can be applied directly to the fabric and attach the paper pattern to the fabric, and then stitch small hand stitches through the contours of the figure, and then remove the paper.
In the next phase of work, after the pattern already outlined on the canvas, select thread for embroidery. Embroidery icons only fit silk thread silk embroidery has a beautiful shimmer and shimmers in the light, decorating the icon, and embroiderer can vary the angle of each stitch to change the angle of light reflection from the embroidery.
At this stage you need to start embroidery, and here you have to choose different techniques applying stitches to the fabric, most suitable for various fragments of the picture. Use a seam "split" for heavy sewing, embroidering straight or twisted thread to change the texture of the canvas.
Embroidering clothing and the folds of the fabric in the picture, use a twisted thread of greater thickness, and embroidering the faces of the Church, use the thinnest silk. Seam "split" is only valid for the present embroidery icons – all other seams divide the image into fragmented stitches, and the icon must be solid and inseparable.
In Church embroidery filling leaf with a silk thread also is complemented with beading and pearls that can be used for a rich salary of the icon.
In the last step of the embroidery from the wrong side cover with mixture of flour and mustard that will stick by her and protect from harmful influences. Then, after waiting for drying of the paste, remove the hard embroidery from the frame and place it under the glass.

Advice 3: How to consecrate a thing

The consecration of the Orthodox Christians is the ceremony that introduces the Church into the personal life of man, so that through his person and his life down the blessing of God.
How to consecrate a thing
The consecration of the house, car, any other thing is a testimony to trust in God and faith in the fact that on earth nothing ever happens without His will.
The Church sanctifies everything necessary for life prayer and blessing. Sanctify things a triple sprinkling with Holy water, recitation of special prayers: Blessed and consecrated (thing) and this sprinkled with this Holy water, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit. Amen. Products are consecrated with the same prayer.
The main preparation for the consecration of things is the knowledge of the motive and meaning of this action. Ask the priest to explain the meaning of the whole rite. Some people believe that the consecration of the machine is necessary to ensure that it does not have an accident. But actually it is not, sanctifying any thing, you have to remember that you are sanctified, so we must comply.
If you decided to consecrate something, you should know some practical details. The crosses are usually consecrated in baptism or to be taken to the Church a crucifix and they will tell you what to do next. Products, especially cakes and Easter Easter is consecrated in Church after the service.
If you invite a priest to sanctify the apartment, she must be clean, I mean cleaned. You will need a free table on which the priest will perform his ritual. Turn off the TV, loud music.
Treat with respect to the event occurring, take the words that tell you the priest at the consecration as something very important. The car is consecrated at the temple, but remember that you will sanctify not only her, but myself. The Church is not engaged in the magic that it is impossible to perform any religious rite separately from the person receiving it.

Advice 4: How to consecrate rings

To consecrate or not to consecrate rings – it's strictly voluntary. Each in its own way relates to faith and different Church rites, but for those who choose to give their rings to the sacrament of reconciliation, nothing complicated, especially since there are a few simple ways to do it. Rings are symbol of love and devotion to people who are getting married, so all religious people try to give this character a divine gift.
How to consecrate rings
You will need
  • In order to sanctify the ring must, of course, have their own rings and to attend Church. For the blessing of the rings in a wedding ceremony, you must have the items provided by the sacrament of marriage, for example, icons, crosses, candles, corresponding to the rite clothes.
Intending to consecrate the engagement ring after the official marriage, but without going through a wedding ceremony, just to come to Church and ask the priest to perform the rite of consecration.
If you intend to go through the wedding ceremony, then the ceremony will include an element of blessing of the rings. In order to get the wedding ceremony you need to Come to Church and sign up on a certain date the rite. Usually recording is done 2-3 weeks before the event;
In the period from the moment of entry to moment of the wedding need to pass the rites of confession, repentance and cleansing from sin. Unbaptized will have to pass the rite of baptism, including that of the witnesses;
The best day for the wedding is the Sunday, so if you are planning a wedding, it is best to conduct a wedding on Saturday and wedding on the next day;
You must discuss with the priest the rites, all the nuances required for the ritual items, the order of ceremony befitting the bride and groom, etc.
Before the wedding ceremony the young are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke or have intimate relations with 12 hours of night, so that from it all after on the eve of a formal wedding celebration from 12 o'clock until the time of the ceremony will have to give.
The blessing of rings is performed during the wedding ceremony, and additional ceremonies are not required. Should not be performed the rite of consecration of the rings, following the lead of relatives and friends, and for the sake of fashion trends. Consecration is a sacrament, it must emanate from the human soul. You must also keep in mind that sanctification can be carried out in strictly certain days, or rather prohibited to conduct a ritual some days. These dates can be specified directly in the Church. If we decide to consecrate rings, you should take this seriously.

Advice 5: How to consecrate an apartment and a car

The tradition to sanctify the house and many things dates back to antiquity. Many believers observe it to this day. However, this ritual has its nuances.
How to consecrate an apartment and a car

The consecration of things and housing - the case for the Orthodox is quite normal and natural. However, it should immediately be noted that this is not an acquisition of a kind of "insurance" through prayers, as many believe. This is only a request for God to bless the use of new things for the benefit of people. Here we are talking more about spiritual benefits than material. Under the sanctification of something refers to the reading of special prayers and sprinkling Holy water. This ritual every believer can do yourself. For the consecration of things there is a prayer "For the sanctification of all things". It can be found in the prayer book. His virtual version is here After reading it, you should sprinkle the Holy water thing. For the consecration of a car and an apartment, there are special brief orders of prayer. They are in the liturgical book, the Missal. Some believers sanctify their homes and the machines themselves. There is nothing sinful. For the consecration of the apartment you can pick up a bowl of Holy water, a lighted Church candle and, if so, the censer with incense. Reading the prayer, it should pass all the rooms and corners to sprinkle Holy water. However, the consecration of the house a priest is a totally different matter. To properly sanctify the apartment, you should come to any Church and invite the priest home in a convenient and. Let this be no ordinary affair, but a solemn event in the life of your family. Best of all, if the consecration of the house will be attended by all its members. For the consecration of the machine should come to her Church and contact the priest.

Advice 6: Some icons give men

Icons give only the people you want. It is a sacred gift full of meaning. If you are going to give the icon a man, it is necessary to consider some nuances to select the most suitable for this person.
Some icons give men
Options of icons that you can give the man a lot, because for the choice you need to know in advance the date of the baptism of the donee, and most importantly - to think what now needs this man, what kind of spiritual assistance he needs.


Most often men give icons. They represent the image of the Saint, whose name was called the person at baptism. Indeed this Saint is his patron Saint throughout life. This icon can give at any time and almost any holiday, in Orthodoxy, it is very important. Registered icon can be any size and design. This will protect the person, each time turning to his patron, he will receive the necessary assistance and support.


Another icon, which is considered to give men, is the Holy face. It symbolizes Christ, because for many Christians it is the way of faith and salvation. Even if a person rarely attends Church, he can always go to the icon and pray before it. Vernicle is a special image of Christ, is the canonical symbol of Christianity in Russia, consolation and help to anyone in his life.

The icon of the Patron Saint in business

There is an icon of the Patron Saint in business, you can refer to it for help in a difficult employment. Men decided to give the icon to support the saints in a difficult situation, because the man is the breadwinner in the family. In different spheres of activity have their own Patron Saints, there is no specific classification, but before purchasing such icons it is best to read the information and find the Saint whose activities are connected with the activity of the man who is to receive the gift. [sidebar#1

The Face Of St. Nicholas

One of the most famous and beloved Orthodox saints – Saint Nicholas, is the way, which is also suitable for a gift to the man. It is a quick helper and intercessor of the faithful. It is especially important to have this icon travelers or those people whose activities are connected with long roads, whether by land or water. It is necessary for all those who may be subjected to danger.
When you pray Angels guide man to the right spiritual path, they are the intercessors before God and the influence of evil forces.

The man, whose life often there are unforeseen circumstances, temptations and the various risk, it is recommended to give the icon of the Holy Guardian angel. Guardian angel of Lord puts to the person at baptism to protect and help in his life, he cares about the person he always invisibly beside him.

Advice 7: How to consecrate an icon

The icon for an Orthodox person is a great relic, a window into the spiritual world. Orthodox Christians venerate is not the material from which made the image, and paint, but directly to the person depicted on the icon.
How to consecrate an icon

In the Christian tradition it is customary to call written images of the great ascetics of piety the Holy icons. In the Orthodox service is a special rite of sanctification of various icons.

Every Orthodox people want to have in your house, consecrated the Shrine is a sacred icon. Icons which can be purchased at the temples, already sanctified. Some people are want to buy the Holy images, not only in churches but in any shops. In such cases, if the icon is painted according to the Orthodox Canon, the image must be blessed.

Most of the icons are consecrated in temples. This can be done at any time when the House of God, being a priest. Usually the icon is consecrated after the morning service. On holidays and Sundays, after the Liturgy or performing requested services.

In order to sanctify the icon you want to bring the Holy image into the temple and ask the priest about sanctification. You can also pre-apply to the seller in the Church shop, izjavlja the desire to sanctify the Holy image.

Icons can also be sanctified, and before the evening service. All depends directly on the employment of a priest.

Some people can ask the priest about osumenyi icons at a time when the priest has to perform some religious rites at home. In this case, the Holy way, you can consecrate immediately before or after performing the rites.

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