This is an image of my Home Shrine in 2013 at my new apartment. Now I simply have an image of the Blessed Mother, a Crucifix and a Divine Mercy image. Your Home Shrine can change and grow as you change and grow in your spiritual life. 

Quotes from Saints on Prayer

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Home Shrine

Why Create a Home Shrine?

Our homes have designated rooms for cooking, eating, socializing, sleeping, and bathing. Does your home have a special place for God, a place set aside for the One who made us? It is essential for us to retreat with our Heavenly Father in silence and love, to take time for Him and listen to all He desires to share with us.

 

The word “Consecration” literally means “to set apart.” If God is the head of our family, consecrating a space for Him can be a powerful physical reminder that even our house belongs to Him. Making a Home Shrine is one way to create a special place for our family to spend time with God.

 

How to Create a Home Shrine

  • Pick a spot, it could be in your living room, a bedroom, your basement, or the corner of a room. It should be a space where you will pray best, with limited distractions. Ask Christ to help you choose this location.

  • If you have space in your location, you could place a chair or kneeler.

  • Add physical objects that can assist you in prayer. Some suggestions:

    • Crucifix

    • Image of Mary or the saints

    • Bible

    • Spiritual reading

    • Rosary

    • Journal

    • Cloth the color of the liturgical season

    • Candles

    • Flowers

  • Surround yourself with holy images. This can help focus your prayer time by reflecting on the lives of Jesus, Mary, and the saints. Such images are especially helpful in refocusing when you get distracted.

  • Each family member is welcome to select their own favorite symbol from the Catholic Faith. For instance, mine is the Rosary because when you hold your Rosary, it is like holding the hand of the Blessed Mother and I desire for her to lead me closer to Jesus. A few other examples:

    • While not blessed or used in the same way as an altar in church, a HOME ALTAR is a beautiful reminder that our personal sacrifices are united to Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on Calvary which is made present in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

    • In church, THE SANCTUARY LIGHT indicates the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. While you do not have the Eucharist in your home a lit candle can still serve as a physical reminder of Christ’s presence in your home.

  • Once everyone in your family has chosen their symbol, place images of these symbols in your home shrine to remind everyone of how they desire to strive to live their life each day.

  • Pray in your Home Shrine each day, even if it is only for five minutes.

Invite Msgr. or Fr. Linn to bless your home and specifically your Home Shrine!

Resources adapted from: Blessed is She; CGS USA; Symbols in the Home Shrine

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