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I read that we are supposed to keep religious literature in the icon corner.
Where did you read this?
 

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rakovsky said:
I read that we are supposed to keep religious literature in the icon corner.
You're supposed to keep your devotional books within reach, not to turn the corner into a library.
 

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^^This.  I think it would be odd to have heterodox stuff in it, personally.  I do have all my Orthodox books in my corner, but it’s a cabinet and they’re hidden.  If it were an open shelf, I think I’d keep the non-prayer books somewhere else.  That’s all just me, though.  :)
 

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My Koran and Hadith is on the floor.
 

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hecma925 said:
I read that we are supposed to keep religious literature in the icon corner.
Where did you read this?
It is in the instructions on setting up an icon corner that I got at an Antiochian church:

Setting Up an Icon Corner

A table, shelf, or cabinet will serve well to store and display the following holy items:
  • Prayer Books
  • The Bible
  • Spiritual Books
  • A Prayer List

https://www.st-philip.net/files/Resources/Home-Altar.pdf
 

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I think the term "holy items" is key.
 

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Should your icon corner face east? And should it be in an area that has a door you can close when you pray? I have several places in my home to have a corner, but none that face east. TIA
 

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Not necessarily. A lot of icon shelves, at least in Greece, are meant to go into corners, so by definition they can't face a single direction. Place your icons in any location that is conducive to prayer and everything can stay relatively undisturbed. Ours is on top of some bookshelves on the landing, so we pass by it several times a day.
 

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Should your icon corner face east? And should it be in an area that has a door you can close when you pray? I have several places in my home to have a corner, but none that face east. TIA
Traditionally Orthodox prayed towards the East, though we each make do with whatever situation we're in
 

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When watching the TV Series "Sophia" (Russian about 15th Century Princess Sophia and her marriage to Ivan III). They have what I would call a hanging prayer corner. Think of it as a ornate, wedge shaped box that allows three different icons (Left, Right, Middle). I thought that would be a wonderful way to have a prayer corner.
 

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Wow! So beautiful! A taste of heaven.
It's my bedroom's East wall. The red votive is electric... and stays on all the time... so as I wake up in the middle of the night, Christ and all His saints are clearly visible. They are the last thing I see before closing my eyes, and the first when I open them.

It makes me feel secure. The one and only "constant" in my life.
 

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It's my bedroom's East wall. The red votive is electric... and stays on all the time... so as I wake up in the middle of the night, Christ and all His saints are clearly visible. They are the last thing I see before closing my eyes, and the first when I open them.

It makes me feel secure. The one and only "constant" in my life.
That is so wonderful!
 

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I have merged the posts from new thread about icon corner of the forumers with the old one.

Dominika, GM
 

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I see you have a lot of church bulletins there with beautiful icons pictured on the front. I have a tip you might like. I cut them out and use doubled sided craft tape, like for scrapbooking, and affix the paper icon to cardboard like from a cereal box or even sturdier cardboard if you have it. Kind of like a sturdy backing. See my recent post from this thread where I have a couple shown in my icon corner that I have done this way (the Lord Jesus, the Ascension and the Sts. Peter and Paul icons). I saved bulletins from church and have a ton I have made this way.
 

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I see you have a lot of church bulletins there with beautiful icons pictured on the front. I have a tip you might like. I cut them out and use doubled sided craft tape, like for scrapbooking, and affix the paper icon to cardboard like from a cereal box or even sturdier cardboard if you have it. Kind of like a sturdy backing. See my recent post from this thread where I have a couple shown in my icon corner that I have done this way (the Lord Jesus, the Ascension and the Sts. Peter and Paul icons). I saved bulletins from church and have a ton I have made this way.
I like to use the icons from a calendar and then find really fancy old frames at a second hand store, paint a piece of cardboard a color to match that icon then tape it on and frame it. I give these as gifts.
 

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Yeah, that's a great idea too. I save any Orthodox flyers, calendars etc. that have icons to repurpose them later. I have quite a stash.
 

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Yeah, that's a great idea too. I save any Orthodox flyers, calendars etc. that have icons to repurpose them later. I have quite a stash.
Great for laminating to make bookmarks or to make small icon cards for little ones who are restless in church!
 
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