About icons


Many Orthodox Christians wear around their necks not only a pectoral cross, but also small pectoral icons of the Mother of God or of some saints. These miniature images, made of silver or gold, are placed next to a cross, or on a separate chain. When did this type of icons appear? What is the point of wearing them? Are there any church rules for wearing those icons? Why can we assume that «Pandora» was worn during the times of Kievan Rus? Answers to these questions, as well as everything that you need to know about pectoral icons, we have collected in our article.



Icons that have become one of the symbols of Christianity, especially Orthodoxy, have not appeared in the Church at once. The Christian iconography itself developed over time, absorbing the cultural sentiments of society and new techniques of drawing. So why did icons emerge in the Christianity? Why is it important for Orthodox Christians to have their presence in the temples? We will find answers to these and many other questions in our material.



Ancient icons have always consisted the particular value in the decoration of each Orthodox church. In addition to material significance, they carried a special spiritual connection between the generations of worshipers. It is not for nothing that among the Orthodox people there is the expression “a  worshipped icon”, applicable to old images. Despite the years of atheistic persecution of the Church, when a huge number of icons were destroyed or given to museums, some ancient icons have survived to our time.



Wedding icons in modern society have become an indispensable element of every wedding and one of the symbols of church marriage. Therefore, many future newlyweds often have many questions about the icons at the wedding: what should they be, what does the Church say about them and, most practical, who keep the icons during the wedding? To dispel all superstitions and prejudices in this area, we offer you the following text.



Nowadays, icons are almost everywhere: in homes, offices, automobiles and shops. Of course, unfortunately, not all owners of icon-painting images understand the meaning of placing the icon and what should be done with it. Therefore, we decided to help all visitors to our website not only to purchase an icon quickly and easily, but also to figure out how to treat icons properly. For reaching this goal, we have prepared answers to the most frequently asked questions about icons.  



Icons are not only the images used for the prayer to God, but also the objects that often have not only sacral, but also historical or personal value. For example, an icon written three hundred years ago may be valuable due to its style of writing or whoever has written it. A family image, handed down from generation to generation, may have no cultural value, but be very important for an individual family or genus. If valuable ancient icons are preserved in museum or private collections, in the second case the question always arises, what to do with old icons?



The answer to the question of what icons should be in the house should begin with a clarification that in Orthodoxy there are no rules that would determine how many and which icons should be in the house of the believing person. Usually, in the house of an Orthodox person there are icons of the Trinity, the Savior, the Virgin and the most revered saints.


In our time, the process of making icons has become much simpler. Thanks to the development of new technologies and techniques, icons were made faster and easier. In particular, as a result of this, more different kinds of icons have appeared, among which one can meet, for example - icons of amber or relief icons made of metal, the method of manufacturing of which differs greatly from the classical one.


The nominal icon is an icon with the image of a saint, after whom the believer received a name at baptism.


In the Orthodox tradition, it is very common to dress icons in metal salaries, which can also be called rhizomes. The icon's salary does not have any liturgical meaning, but simply is an overhead decoration that covers the entire icon board apart from the place where the saint is depicted.

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