Recently, the Crescat posted some recent photos of her home altar. It has loads of icons and has a very Eastern feel to it. In response, other bloggers posted on their home altars as well. Surprisingly, many of these home altars have icons as their primary devotional focus rather than being predominantly based on statues as is the Western Catholic tradition. Hmmm….
Don’t get me wrong. I have a deep love for the spirituality and meaning of the icon. In fact, I have a pretty good collection of icons myself and they help me greatly in my spiritual life as windows to Heaven. I do plan to post more on my icon wall soon, but I am Western Catholic, where the devotional development has tended towards statues in it’s expression. And as such, the prayer corners of my home primarily have statues of Christ, the Mother of God and the saints as the focus of devotion rather than icons.
So, since the Crescat has expressed surprise over the lack of statue oriented home altars, I present to you the main altar in my grandmother’s room, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Like all typical Catholic altars, this one is centred on the Crucifix.
The crucifix is a smaller version of the one which hangs in my room.
As you might have guessed from this altar and the one in my room, we’re pretty big Sacred Heart fans.
The altar is also dedicated to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Protector of the Holy Family, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster Father of Our Lord Jesus, the man He called His Father on Earth. St. Joseph has a special place in our hearts as our special patron and protector and to his intercession we place the protection of our home, that he may pray for us and protect us as he once protected the Holy Family in Nazareth.
The white statue of the Sacred Heart with outstretched hands is supposed to go over our front door. But I haven’t managed to get the pedestal set up yet, so temporarily, it’s venerated here.
Anyway, there you have it. The main altar in my grandmother's room. It has been a great help and focus of prayer and I hope you have been edified in sharing this sacred space with me.
Past posts on the Lady Altar, the Altar of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the little altar in my room can be accessed by clicking the links.