Icons are part of the liturgical movement of the Church. This is why they are more than just religious art; they are considered sacramental, sacred art. When we are in their presence, we are truly in the presence of the saint(s) depicted. We should always venerate an icon with a reverent kiss when we first come into their presence.
In this photo are several icons in service in a private chapel. The iconographer's most cherished wish, and greatest consolation is knowing that her icons will be placed into service in a holy, prayerful space.
Here is the icon of Saint Mark installed next to the Reconciliation Room in a parish church. Saint Mark was one of the four Evangelists who wrote the Gospels. He begins his gospel with Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan, where Christ's purpose and mission is revealed: the fulfillment of the kingdom of God, the need for repentance, and a call to faith.
In this icon the Evangelist holds a scroll containing the depiction of a lion. This symbol comes from his description of John the Baptist as a voice "crying out in the wilderness" (Mark 1:3). His voice is said to have sounded like that of a roaring lion. This symbolism also appears in a vision of the Prophet Ezekiel where four winged creatures represent the four evangelists (Ezekiel 1:10).
Any room can become a retreat into the prayerful presence of holy icons. These photos show that icons especially have a place in private homes. One can create an "icon corner" in which to find refuge. Choose a corner preferably on the eastern side of the room, near the principal entrance to the home. Candles and incense are also used in praying with icons.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them...But when you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Mt. 6:5-6)