Many of us have been worshipping virtually via social media sites and while this is a wonderful way to stay connected and maintain community bonds, we also recognize that our homes can be places of prayer and deeper connection to God and each other. Creating a designated sacred space, in this time of physical distancing, is a wonderful activity to help connect to the wider community at prayer while we are not able to gather in our regular worship spaces. Sacred space at home can be something as simple as a window sill or as elaborate as a dedicated room, it can be permanent or moveable. No matter where the sacred space is located or constructed the purpose is the same; a space for prayer, meditation and reflection.
HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS ON CREATING YOUR SACRED SPACE:
- Keep it simple, elegant and uncluttered. Clutter is the enemy of sacred space.
- If young children are a part of your household, have them help as much as possible.
- A place mat or fabric can be the base of your sacred space.
- Set-up your sacred space in an area readily accessible.
- A large tray makes a great sacred space that can be moved as needed.
- Add a cross as a focal point on the sacred space.
- The cross can be large or small but should be relevant to the space.
- Crosses can be made using material commonly found at home or out in nature.
- A simple wooden cross works best and elaborate crosses that have significance can be used also.
- A bible. A bible connects us to our spiritual ancestors and reminds us that we are part of a wider
- story of salvation. Reading from the bible during times of worship also reinforces the connection to our regular pattern of worship.
Add additional symbols.
- A CONTAINER WITH WATER. Water reminds us of our connection to each other through baptism. (This will be used especially at the Easter Vigil).
- ROCKS/STONES. Rocks or stones make wonderful sensory objects that can serve as tangible symbols of prayer.
- CANDLES. There are a variety of candles, including LED candles that can be incorporated into the sacred space. Candles also help connect us to the spaces we normally gather for worship. (Also used at the Easter Vigil).
- ICON OR PHOTOS. Adding photos of loved ones, your worshipping community, icons of saints or other meaningful photos give a sense of connection outside our regular worship space. Icons can also be made as an individual or family activity.
- FLORA. During Lent dried grasses or twigs help remind us of the season. Adding fresh flowers during the Great 50 Days of Easter is a great way to celebrate at home.
- Set aside “Ritual” time. Create a ritual around using the sacred space. Lighting the candles can be a very powerful and meaningful activity (especially for younger children).
YOUR SACRED SPACE WILL SERVE AS THE FOCAL POINT FOR VIRTUAL WORSHIP AS WELL AS FOR THE LITURGIES ESPECIALLY THOSE OF HOLY WEEK AND THE EASTER SEASON.
Making an Altar at Home – Sharon E. Pearson, Rows of Sharon
Creating A Lenten Prayer Space At Home – guidance for creating sacred space at home
How to Set Up a Prayer Table – from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Holy Week At Home: Family Practices For The Triduum by Jerusalem Greer (Building Faith)
Maundy Thursday At Home: Stripping The Table by Jerusalem Greer (Building Faith)
Easter Sunrise Breakfast at Home by Traci Smith (Building Faith)