Advice 1: What the icon should be at home

On the question of how to distinguish Orthodox Christians from all other people, 9 out of 10 people will answer: "Orthodox Christians have icons at home". Of course, the mere existence of icons does not make one a Christian, but to have them in your home is necessary.
Home iconostasis
It is sometimes said that Christians "worship icons." This is not so. Praying, people are not drawn to the icon itself, but to the one who is depicted on it: the Savior, the mother of God, some Holy. Look at the icon helps you focus, Refine the image of the person to whom appeals praying.

Set of icons

In the home of the iconostasis must be icons of the Saviour and mother of God. The presence of icons of saints is not so necessary but desirable. It can be the images of those saints who patronize family members – according to the names given at baptism.

You can purchase the icons of those saints to whom family members turn most often. For example, in the house of the military may be the icon of St. Demetrios, St. Theodore Stratelates, St. Alexander Nevsky, or other Holy warrior, in the doctor's house – the icon of St. Panteleimon the healer, or St. Cosmas and Damian. Finally, the Christian can experience a special homage to the Saint, whose exploits made a strong impression on him – the image of the Saint can also be in the home iconostasis.

By purchasing icons, need to think of them as relics, not as things of value or decoration. Do not chase expensive or rare icons. It is not compatible with the Christian spirit icons of precious metals sold in jewelry stores. To accept this icon as a gift, but purchase is not necessary.

Best buy icons in the Church shops where they are sold already sanctified. Also, there just won't sell a questionable image of "folk saints, not canonized by the Church.

Where to put the Kona

In old times icons were placed in the Eastern corner of the main room – it was called "red corner". This is due to the special symbolic importance attached to the East side in the Bible: in the East, God planted the garden of Eden, to the Eastern gate House of the Lord the spirit leads the prophet Ezekiel, etc.

Unfortunately, the location of Windows and doors in modern homes is not always possible to place the home iconostasis in the Eastern corner. In this case, it may be in any other place. The main thing is that icons were a separate shelf where no one will put photos, paintings, pictures, statues, and other secular subjects.

Do not place icons near the TV player or computer, because these items are associated with worldly things. To put the icon on the bookshelf is allowed, but only under the condition that the contents of the books standing on it does not contradict the Christian creed. We cannot allow the icons next to the hanging posters or calendars featuring singers, actors, and other secular idols.

Advice 2: How to place icons in the house

According to your faith will it be done to you. You must remember the traditions of our ancestors and learn how to treat the icons and their placement in the house. Follow some of the advice, and everything will be fine.
How to place icons in the house
Since ancient times Christians have prayed, turning to the East. Therefore decided to equip the iconostasis in the Eastern side room of the house. If the layout of the room does not allow it, select the next to the East corner or wall. Following the godly traditions, they should not be absolutized. Some of the icons are allowed to be placed on other sides of the house, that the spirit of Holy images have always supported us and adjusted on positive emotions. The altar on the East side built Orthodox churches.
The main thing - that before the "red corner" was enough free space to commit the common prayer of the whole family. It is desirable for the iconostasis to allocate a roomy shelf. If it will not fit all the icons, the other to hang on any wall. Wrong will place the icons in the book or other cabinets as there should not be foreign objects. Icons can serve as interior decoration.
Of course, that each house should be icons of Jesus Christ and mother of God. The icon of the Savior, place right, left – the icon of the virgin. It is also important to observe the principle of hierarchy. Any icon should not be placed above the icons of the Trinity, of our Savior, mother of God and the apostles. It is desirable that the iconostasis is crowned with the Christian cross.
Icons you can have in the dining room, where lunch households that before the meal was to pray to God for daily bread, and after dinner – to thank. Above the entrance to the home traditionally post the icon of the blessed virgin.
Among the icons should not be artistic paintings and engravings of biblical scenes, which a priori are not canonical icons. Accordingly, there is no place for images of monks, elders and priests, even enumerated by the Church to sainthood. They can be placed elsewhere.
Icons in the house. Home decoration with icons from ancient times was one of the main customs of the Russian people. Today faith back to the people, and with it reverence for the icon. There is an unspoken list of icons that need to have a home. First and foremost, we are talking about the icons of the Saviour and mother of God.
Useful advice
A man in the temple praying before the Holy icons. Should do this at home. Before every house the Russian people were icons in the red corner. But in the era of "red corners" people have tried to erase even the memory of the Church, few survived and the memory of what icons need to have in the house and how they should be placed. Where to place icons at home? In a free and accessible place.
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