A home altar is a simple way to remind ourselves that worship is as important as the other activities in our homes – cooking in the kitchen, sleeping in the bedroom, socializing in the living spaces, etc.
Things to consider when choosing a space
Where? Ideally, it should be a space that is easy to get to and visible to you during your days, but set a little aside for the purpose of worship.
How big? It doesn’t matter. You can use a small table, a shelf, a kitchen counter, or a whole wall.
What makes a space an “altar”?
A personal question! The answer is, of course, whatever helps you turn to God, in need, in gratitude, or to be refreshed. Some of us will want a kneeler, to use when praying. Others, just a chair.
Some ideas for what you might use on your home altar:
- A cloth, which can be the seasonal color of the Church year, but certainly doesn’t have to be!
- A cross
- Photos of people or places important to you
- Small objects that remind you of the beauty of life and the gift of Jesus
- Plants, flowers, or branches
- A prayer jar (When you are reminded of a good thing God is doing right now, write or draw it on a piece of paper and add it to the jar. Read them sometimes!)
- Anything that opens you to pray for ourselves and each other!
More resources for ideas
- How to Set Up a Prayer Table, from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
- Creating a Lenten Prayer Space at Home