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.