Respecting Our Elders



Orthodox Christianity makes great use of the reverence of icons. An icon is a painted image which portrays a Saint, Jesus Christ, the Theotokos (the Mother of God) or can even express a theological or dogmatic truth. The belief is that the manifestation of a human being’s maturity is found in their desire to express respect to the Saints and Ancestors who have given us our lives, who have passed down truth to us, and whose own lives inspire us to live our lives better.

In any Orthodox home there is an Icon Corner or Shrine. If at all possible it will be in the East corner of the home. It may have icons of the Name Saints of the family members, icons of Jesus and the Theotokos, or various other meaningful icons. Usually there is a shelf below the icons to hold a candle and…

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