Create a home altar

Home altar for Holy Week 2020
The Lozer family
Home altar for Holy Week 2020
Lynda Adams
Home altar photo for Holy Week 2020, Charlie Homeyer
The Rev. Charles Homeyer

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.

Home altar photo for Holy Week 2020, Harvey family
The Harvey family

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.

Home altar photo for Holy Week 2020, Wegener family
The Wegener family

How big? It doesn’t matter. You can use a small table, a shelf, a kitchen counter, or a whole wall.

Home altar for Holy Week 2020
Sally Townsend

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.

Home altar for Holy Week 2020
The Gonzalez-Pagel family
Home altar for Holy Week 2020
The Kinning family home altar

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
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • 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!
Home altar photo for Holy Week 2020, Homeyer family
The Homeyer family

More resources for ideas

Home altar for Holy Week 2020
The Tiller family

Home altar for Holy Week 2020
Becky & Kevin Wells

Home altar for Holy Week 2020
Dierdre Toeller-Novak