A Guide to Russian Orthodox Icons


A lot of thought goes into the process of launching a new church or refreshing a church’s look.  Locating vendors for church essentials can be difficult, but once you find the right dealers replenishing your supply becomes simple.  The controlling factors for the choice of where to buy church items are prices for goods and services plus finding the best supplier quick.  Similarly, various rituals and practices of a religion dictate what is necessary for them.

Church provisions are diverse; they include furniture and worship items.  Here are the kind of furniture a church needs: aumbries and oil cabinets, altars, baptismal fonts, communion rails, chairs, hymn boards, pews, lecterns and pulpits, prie dieux (kneelers), tables and more.  These items are available in many shops and on the internet.

Many churches find the need to have liturgical books.  They include; books of blessings, books of the gospel, books of rites, lectionaries, prayer books, record books, catechisms, liturgy of the hour, sacramentaries and other sacramental orthodox church supplies.  Christian bookshops are places where churches can find some of the stuff they need.

Other church supplies are communion bread, communion ware, clergy apparel, choir and pulpit robes, incense burner and boat, cremation urns, flags, urns, tanks, sprinklers, flagons, cruets and holy water items.  The distribution of church provisions can be done through some agencies that have specialized in making church liturgical items.

Orthodox icons are particular to the Orthodox church.  Paintings, frescoes and mosaics of Jesus Christ, the Holy mother, saints, and angels are icons of the Orthodox church.  They were developed during the Byzantine Empire and characterize consecrated figures from the past and their life.  The paintings were made by theologians and artists of the ancient times.  They have gold backgrounds and prominent colors to preserve them for extended periods of time.  The images on them appear to be floating.  Everything in the paintings is symbolic and holds significant meaning to the church.  They are believed to be a spiritual window to heaven, and those who prayed to them developed a direct connection to them.

The Orthodox icons have a significant influence on the interior design of the Orthodox churches.  They are duplicated and exhibited in the church for people to utilize them.  Today’s icons are cast in metal, carved in stone or wood, painted or printed on paper, embroidered by hand on machine on cloth or presented in mosaic.  Russian Orthodox churches prefer to have them on wood and table tops.

Church officials are responsible for the requisition of church supplies.  They have a checklist they use when placing orders to different suppliers.  Church essentials are used either daily, weekly or monthly.  Special service items are usually ordered way in advance to ensure a smooth operation of the service. Learn more about church at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/conde-nast-traveler-the-most-beautiful-churches-in_us_58fa32c4e4b0f02c3870e951.


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