Advice 1: How to arrange icons on the home iconostasis

In the Orthodox tradition the icon is a Holy thing. Through sacred images of man focuses on the spiritual, turns in his prayer to the Board and paints, but of the individual depicted in the image. Every Orthodox Christian care to arrange in your home at least a small home iconostasis.
How to arrange icons on the home iconostasis

Where you can place icons in the house

Icon of the house should be placed in a specially designated place. There is a tradition to put the icons on the shelf of the East wall, however, if this is not possible, it is not necessary to arrange a home iconostasis on the Eastern side. Sometimes the icons are available in the so-called red corner. "Red" means "beautiful" - a reference to the fact that the place for the icons should be clean, neat and beautiful.

Sacred images can be placed in all living rooms. There is a pious tradition in the bedroom to place wedding images. If the family is large, then the icons in each living room and need for private prayer all family members.

Godly believers have the Holy images (or at least one small icon) located in the kitchen. This is due to the practice of prayers before and after eating food.

Holy icons cannot be placed on a shelf with books, with non-Christian content. It is undesirable to put them on TV or hanging with the secular paintings in one place for icons should be specifically designed for this Shrine.

Some believers put the icon over the entrance to the house. Often in this place you can see the image of the Holy virgin Hodegetria a guide, as an Orthodox believer before going outdoors, it is helpful to pray for help in all good undertakings. Sometimes over the entrance to the house features a cross.

How to arrange icons in the house

The basis of the location of icons on the home iconostasis is built on a hierarchy similar to the dispensation of the iconostasis in the temple. If the icon is located on the wall, at the head of the iconostasis should be the icon of the Holy Trinity or of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the right of this image can be the icon of the Mother of God, and to the left St. John the Baptist or a particularly revered Saint, like St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Below you can locate other images of angels, saints, prophets, Reverend, righteous. Crown the home iconostasis can be crucified.

Not to say that there are any specific instructions on the placement order of the icons in the home iconostasis (except that the icon of the Lord preferably Central).

If you prostanstvo, under the main icons of the Lord and of the virgin it is possible to arrange the Holy images of the twelve great Christian holidays. In the case when a home iconostasis consists of several dozens of icons, under the Central images, you can also have shrines with images of the Savior or the revered icon of the virgin and saints.

Sometimes the house icons located on one small shelf. Then in the center you can put icons of the Lord and the Theotokos, and on the edges of the positioning of the icon of the guardian angel and saints.

 

 

Advice 2 : How to arrange icons

In recent years, more and more people come to the Lord. Unfortunately, decades of atheism have left a big white stain in the spiritual education of many generations. Therefore, our contemporaries are often confused about the simplest matters of faith, or ignorance, make mistakes in the administration of spiritual rituals. It concerns and how many of us are home iconostasis.
Home iconostasis - a sacred place in your home
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  • In what place should be placed the iconostasis Canonically – preferably in the East, and on the basis of the real situation of modern life – so that you feel comfortable and comfortable to pray that there is enough space and it was quiet.
Instruction
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There are still a few rules that also dictate modern life. Remember, the iconostasis should not be with the TV and other appliances.
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Also, do not mixed with religious icons statuettes and other secular decorations, place paintings or reproductions of paintings, even if these artistic works were written on religious subjects.
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If you have icons placed on the bookshelves – this too is wrong, especially if with images of saints side by side books, the content is far from Orthodox texts.
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Another "categorical" rule – in any case, you cannot arrange the icons next to the posters and pictures of the idols of today – politicians, rock stars, sex symbols. If you want to decorate your home screen icon, do it with the help of live, fresh flowers or towels.
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Sure the house needs to be icons of the Saviour and the icon of the Mother of God. Also in Russian Orthodoxy especially revered Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, and his image is very common in Orthodox families. If your home has enough space you can be part of the iconostasis personal icon, icons of saints, to which you often turn to prayer, images of the great saints of the Russian land and saints venerated in the area where you live.
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For home Bojnice rules of placement of the icons are not as stringent as for the Church, but still they exist.

For a start look at the iconostasis: if you have a desire something to change, rearrange, re-hang, so you need to do, otherwise this internal dissatisfaction will distract you during prayer.
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When the location of the icons in the home iconostasis, the same principles as in the Church.
Central is the icon of the Savior, often it is the biggest in size. Next to the image of Christ is placed the image of the virgin and child.
If you are facing a home iconostasis, the icon of the Savior will be on your right, and the icon of the Theotokos on the left. These are the two main icons, they should be in every Orthodox home, and above them you can put only the icon of the Holy Trinity or the icon "the last supper".
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On the side of the two major icons or below them you can place icons, and icons, saints patrons professions, saints especially revered by you and others.
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If you have any questions, you can always seek clarification or advice from the Church to the priest, and the priest always help you and solve all your doubts.
Note
Don't forget that when the location of the icons there is a principle of hierarchy: for example, do not put the icon of the Saint, who is revered in your area over the icon of the Holy Trinity, Saviour, virgin Mary, apostles.
Useful advice
If the icon for various reasons fallen into disrepair and it is already impossible to restore, in any case, don't throw it away – bring an icon to Church. In extreme cases, you can burn and the ashes buried in a quiet place, such as in the garden or at the cemetery.

Advice 3 : How to make an iconostasis

The icons are a work of art and not only that, they turn to God with prayers, requests, to seek aid and consolation. It is therefore very important to arrange them in the correct order, making your home iconostasis, which will be the protector of the home and its inhabitants.
How to make an iconostasis
Instruction
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Select for home iconostasisand the Eastern wall of the house. If this is difficult, icons can be placed any easily accessible place where they can gather for prayer several people.
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Make sure that next to the iconostasisom not standing household appliances: TV, stereo, computer, and there were no photographs, posters and paintings of a secular character.
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Decorate the iconostasis with fresh flowers or sprigs of willow. Should not be placed next to the icons cacti and other thorny plants.
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Traditionally, home iconostasiss framed embroidered hand-towels. You can hang next to images of temples, tranquil scenery and views of the Holy Land.
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Please note that the icon is better positioned on a hard surface, and not to hang them on the wall. Before the iconostasis was taken to place in a special locker – case. It can replace the conventional bookshelf. The main thing – to books on it were only theological.
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Position before the home iconostasisOhm lamp. It should be lit during prayers, on Sundays and all Church holidays.
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Home iconostasisand the obligatory image of the virgin and the Savior. You should purchase the icons of his saints (the names of which are named the family members) and the most revered of St. Nicholas who is the patron of children, mothers, unjustly wronged, as well as patients, prisoners and travellers.
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If you want to create a complete iconostasis, it is necessary to complement it with images of the Holy evangelists, Elijah the prophet, the Archangels Gabriel and Michael, St. John the Baptist, healer Panteleimon and icons on Church holidays.
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There are some strict rules for the layout of the icons in the home iconostasise to be followed. Place in the center a picture of the Savior (it's size should be the biggest). Left place the virgin with the baby, as is customary in classical iconostasisAbove the E. you can have only a Crucifix or an icon of the Holy Trinity. The rest of the images position just below or at the sides of the main icons. The whole iconostasis is made to marry the cross.
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If you have multiple rooms, place the home iconostasis in the largest. But the rest should definitely hang on the icon, and on the door jambs – crosses.
Note
If any icon is inoperable, it must be attributed to the Church, but in any case not to throw.
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