Join me for a Pinterest Party every first Tuesday of the month as we link up and pin it, create it, and inspire others to do the same. Recipes and crafty ideas are encouraged but think outside the box too. Think organizing ideas, birthday themes, a cute outfit, a new hairstyle, marriage tips, life inspiration, traveling destinations, a great quote – anything you’d post to Pinterest.
Show us how you didn’t just pin it but brought it to life!
Not on Pinterest? No problem. Link-up your own creation to inspire us so we can pin in to our own boards. Don’t have a post ready? The link-up will be open for (normally) a month but this one is open for a year! So there’s still time. Plus, feel free to link up a new post or an older post that hasn’t had much traffic lately. 🙂 (If you want to grab the button, scroll to the bottom.)
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When I was growing up and after our family had a reversion to the faith, my mom set up a little table in the house that was the family “prayer table.” It held the family bible, a candle and seasonal decor, such as the baby Jesus during Christmas. I loved the idea and brought it into our own home once Brian and I were married. He both had a love of icons and found ourselves with quite the collection. We hung them up in various places in our house and created sacred spaces – spots that reminded us of the eternal and turned our minds to God. When we first got married and lived in a small apartment our space was a tiny broken down nightstand that we set up in the corner of the room.
Once we moved into our current home, we used the kitchen table from our old apartment that was now too small for our family. We set it up in the entry way right next to our front door.
Years ago I went to a book sale at our parish and I found the exact same family bible that my parents had. I was so excited to bring it into our home. My kids would grow up looking at the same beautiful religious artwork that I loved. We also have on the table our pregnant mama statue (given to me by a special friend) to represent all the pregnant mamas we are praying for, especially family members. We also have a photo of the little girl we sponsor in Mexico named Abi. She has become a sweet part of our family.
Liturgical Prayer Space
I love our entry way prayer table but it doesn’t change during the year. Plus I wanted to have something in the family room since that is where we spend the bulk of our time, where we eat and say grace, where we gather to say our family night prayers, where we sit on the couch and spend time together. I thought this was the room that needed a little sacred space.
I decided to use the top of an old cabinet a friend gave us. It wasn’t fancy but it would do. We gathered a number of our icons and placed them on the wall.
Here are some samples of how the top of the shelf changes through the liturgical season.
We set up the Stations of the Cross prints and a candle centerpiece using a long rectangular tray filled with six votive candles for the six weeks of Lent. Similar to an Advent wreath, we light one each week. We printed off Catholic Icing’s Lenten Calendar and I placed it in an inexpensive frame from Ikea. I use a dry erase pen to mark a cross on each day as it passes. It is great for the kids, who have no sense of time, to see how many more days until Easter. Lastly we added our Acts of Love Jar (with little acts we can do) and our Prayer Jar (with a daily intention) which we choose from each day. To keep track of the acts of love we do, we use Catholic All Year’s idea of the Sacrifice Beans.
FALL/ ALL SAINTS’ DAY
Each month we focus on a different prayer or invocation. In October we were teaching the kids the Guardian Angel prayer so we used Catholic All Year’s super hero prayer printable. On the feast of All Saints’ Day, I was inspired by Mary’s post at Sometimes Martha Always Mary.com and I printed our the patron saints of our family from Happy Saints.com. (They have some really cute and inspirational products.) We have St. Joseph (Brian’s patron), St. Anne (my patron and middle name), St. Rose (Bella’s middle name), St. Andrew, St. John-Paul, St. Matthew, Our Lady of Lourdes (For Baby Victor whom we miscarried on her feast day) and St. Junipero Serra (For Baby Joseph who was also miscarried. We have a family devotion to our Carmel Mission saint.) In November we have a printable with the photos/ names of deceased family members and friends.
Night Prayer/ Rosary Time
A couple months ago on the feast of Our Lady’s birthday we started praying night prayers and a decade of the rosary together. It is not always easy but we’ve been faithful to it and it has been beneficial to the family. It’s encouraging to see the kids grab their rosaries and tell us that it’s time to pray. It is heartening to hear them say their intentions, whether it is for a friend who was sad at school or for Kylo Ren to turn good. To help the kids stay focused, we light a candle and turn off the lights. It helps to set the mood and keeps the kids relatively quiet. (Unfortunately, there are still the arguments that a sibling is praying too slow or too fast or that a swinging rosary hit somebody in the head but… baby steps, right?)
At least we no longer have arguments about who gets to pray first or who gets to blow out the candles. (Nothing like a yelling match to put you in a prayerful mood, eh?) We have a prayer leader of the day. They get to start off the intentions, the rosary and blow out the candle at the end. If we unavoidably miss an evening prayer time, we light two candles the next evening for the current leader and the boy who missed blowing out the candle the night before because that job is SUPREME.
To also avoid the tangled rosaries in a basket, lost rosaries or the he-has-the-color-I-like fights, everyone keeps their rosary in one central location in our hallway by the door leading to the family room.
The print of Our Lady was painted by one of my favorite artists Flor Larios.
In our bedroom, I also added a sacred space for Brian since he likes to say his prayers in there.
Setting Up Your Own Space
Don’t have a sacred space yet? Whether you are single, married or a mama of many, it’s easy to make one. Just find a little spot in your home to make your little prayer area. It can be a mantle, a book shelf, a small table, a wall shelf or whatever you can create. Add a statue, crucifix, icon or a framed printable. Maybe a candle, flowers or seasonal decor. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like.
Put together your sacred space and share it with us. Hashtag #BISsisterhood and #familysacredspace. If you are a blogger, link up your sacred space post below.
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Since I am working on making prayer and the liturgical year more present in our family life, here are some of the books/resources I’ll be reading over the next few months for ideas. If you have more suggestions, list them in the comments.
The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home by David Clayton and Leila M. Lawler
Feast!: Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Daniel and Haley Stewart
Liturgical Year Posts from Catholic All Year.com
Liturgical Living Posts at Carrots for Michaelmas.com
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my home. I hope you will share your own sacred space!
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Now it’s your turn.
1. Choose your creation or inspiration, share about it and snap a photo if you can.
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