Prayer Room/Altar/ Sacred Space

I saw something online where a bunch of women who are pagan have altars to their various goddesses in their homes. I wondered if there was a Christian equivalent so I asked around and did some reading. There is, especially among Catholics. Many people are making special places in their houses for they have Christian artwork and Crosses and rosaries. They create these beautiful spaces as a sort of act of worship. Many use these areas to pray in, study the Bible, or worship together as a family.

I would like to have something like that in my house. I would like to have candles and beautiful candle holders and to collect some more rosaries. Rosaries are really beautiful works of art and although I do not pray the rosary I sometimes hold the rosary when I pray. I would like to learn more about the Rosary and other prayer beads. Prayer is very powerful and tradition is very beautiful.

How and where can I design such a space? A corner of the library? My craft room?  I know it may seem like a silly thing to do when I am not Catholic, but there are many things about Catholicism that I admire. Plus I don’t see why you should have to be Catholic to make a beautiful sacred space in your home, and I want to incorporate symbols of what is important to me in my house.

I am thinking I could convert part of the craft room into a sort of prayer space. Then again I really like doing my devotionals and bible study in the library where it is nice and sunny, so it would make sense to have it in the library. Better yet maybe I can use the FROG . Right now that room is unused and maybe I could put it to good purpose. I know that next year in military housing we will have to go down to having three bedrooms and I will have to find a prayer space, a craft area, and a library in the mix of that. But for now I have 4 bedrooms and an office and I may as well use them.

I am really giving this some serious thought and I’m going to start shopping around to see what I could put in the room. I won’t put in any iconography because my husband is against it. But surely there’s a wealth of beautiful religious art that isn’t iconography that I could use to make a dedicated religious space in my house. Of course the Holy Spirit will move through the whole house, but I think having a designated place would be a lovely idea.

10 thoughts on “Prayer Room/Altar/ Sacred Space

  1. I learned how to make a simple one: find a smallish table – put a couple of boxes on it to create different levels of different heights and drape a cloth over it all. Since images are out – try to use some subtle symbolism like the color of flowers to remember something specific about grace (white), sacrifice (red) – assign your own meanings to the colors so that it’s personal to you. You can use candles of varying heights and scents. A cushion for your knees might be nice, too. You can leave a specific Bible here as well as a notebook and pen to write down any thoughts that come to you while you’re worshiping God. I’ve seen altars like this just about anywhere – some in their own room, others in a wide hallway. It doesn’t have to be all decked out, but whatever is worshipful to you will be something that just comes to you and it’ll seem right once it’s all done. My church once had this series of pictures – it seemed just like ordinary objects – some bread, a tree, the sidewalk – but they all had something in common: somewhere in the image itself was a cross. That was kind of nice.

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    • Wow This all sounds beautiful. And what a lovely church. It sounds like you may have a good worship arts program at your church. Do you? I’ve always wanted to get involved in something like that. I’d love to utilize candles and find a way to individualize it. I’m obsessed with color, so any worshipful space I create will probably feature the glory of God’s colors. So I can see making a colored, scented space with wonderful soft textures (silk or velvet coverings for the boxes) to worship God with.

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      • They had their moments. It helped that an artist was a member and he got them to sponsor an art Sunday by which all members with a hidden artistic streak could use their skill to praise God. Some churches are afraid of art though – and that’s sad. It’s a great way to worship God.

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      • It does seem like many churches are afraid of art and creativity and passion. They suck the color out of things. But creating can be an act of worship. It’s great to meet someone else with an appreciation of beauty and creativity. I’ve followed your blog!

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      • What is it about complimentarianism that you don’t like? Do you not believe that women are supposed to submit to their husbands? Do you not believe that men and women are designed differently? Do you not see differences between the sexes?

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      • What churches? I have to say that your experience is very different than mine. In my experience most churches watch right over those forces and don’t cover them other to agree with them or to disagree with them. And church culture as a whole is very egalitarian. At least the church culture I have been predominantly exposed to. Perhaps you might be happier and another denomination? Are you in a mainstream denomination?

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      • Southern Baptist. The final straw was when the church elder decided to lead all the singles through the most popular Bible Study for married couples – he was going to pair up the single guys with the single girls so that they could role-play husband and wife.

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