But today I have another question. Do you have any icons? Do you use them for prayer, or do you enjoy them more as religious art? Or something else?
I was not well acquainted with icons until I went to seminary, and then I met many people who collected them and went to more churches that displayed icons somewhere - in the narthex or perhaps in the clergy offices. I received an icon of St. Thomas from my classmates upon my ordination to the transitional diaconate (on the Feast of St. Thomas) and another of the Transfiguration when I was priested on that feast. I have several other small icons now - pocket sized to 5 x 7 or so, including the famous Rublev Trinity. I tend to appreciate them as art, as I do my collection of Celtic crosses.
But I know that some folks sit with icons during their prayer time. I've noticed that there have been some icon writing workshops around.
So, tell me about your relationship with icons.