Devotional objects as testimonies of belief have been part of homes for centuries.
Displaying religious icons has served to convert a living room into a prayer room
in different areas of the world; this has enabled people to express their devoutness
even when they are unable to get to church. Additionally, praying in private has given
them more flexibility to follow their faith than is allowed by liturgical rules. However,
over the last few decades, there has been a significant decrease in membership
of the Christian church. Alongside this, the influence of Christianity is disappearing
from social life, and the religious dimension of cultural identity is at risk of extinction
within an increasingly pluralistic society.