When you enter church, the narthex, you may light a candle, say a brief prayer, and place it among the icons. As you approach the inside doors you will see two nearby-icons hanging on either side of the nave walls that are facing you as you enter. Many do the sign of the cross and kiss the icon, before passing through the church doors. Once inside, the nave, you will see large size icons of Christ, Mary,and the other saints at the front holy alter

The lighted candle is very symbolic during many ceremonies within the Greek Orthodox church. It represents the light of Christ according to Jesus’ own words, ” I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. Candles are displayed everywhere, the front of the church as you enter, the narthex, around the front of the altar in the nave, and in the holy altar.

Holy Family hand painted Icon

Hand Painted on wood Orthodox Icon -- Holy Mother Mary & Jesus

Saint Dimitrios, from Saint Dimitrios Church, Thessaloniki, Greece

I love these icons!

Holy Family icon

Cyprus exhibition, Louvre, 2013, double-sided icon, 12th-13thc, Pelendri, Chapel-Museum of the Holy Cross

July 22nd - Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalene From the link: "This icon depicts Christ's appearance to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb after His resurrection from the dead. by the hand of Deacon Matthew Garrett 6" x 8" holy-icons.com"

Rare Old Vintage Orthodox Icon of the Holy Archangel by gatonegro1

Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου, Saint Dimitrios Church, Thessaloniki, Greece

icon corner (cloud of witnesses/so many holy friends).

Saints of Scotland - beautiful icon!

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this is our holy orthodoxy ... always patient and ready to receive us into its healing light. amazing how a little corner in the house like this becomes a complete church in itself; in turn a whole cosmos filled with God's love, embracing all who approach 'in faith and love'.

Double-Sided Pendant Icon with the Virgin and Christ Pantokrator, ca. 1080–1120 Byzantine; Made in Constantinople Inscribed in Greek initials: Mother of God (front); Jesus Christ, King of Glory (back) Cloisonné enamel, gold

Saint Dimitrios Church, Thessaloniki, Greece

The oldest Byzantine icon of Mary, c. 600, Saint Catherine's Monastery

Rich frescoes from the 10th century inside the Tokali Kilise (Buckle Church),Goreme Open-Air Museum, Turkey

icon of the Theotokos (Holy Mother of the Lord)