A few years ago, I created a sacred space, a home altar, near the chair where I pray. I wrote about it on a blog post called “3 Steps for Creating a Sacred Space at Home.”
Last week I read this article called “Creating a Lenten Prayer Space at Home” and was inspired to rearrange my home sacred space to help create a prayer filled environment for the special season of Lent that begins tomorrow.
Items in a Lenten Sacred Space
I found a purple cloth for my altar.
Purple is the color of Lent. Black used to be the color associated with Lent since purple dye was so expensive to reproduce. Purple emerged as the color of royalty. We are remembering Jesus is our King and Savior. Purple now represents mourning as we ponder the sacrifice of Christ.
“The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.”
This time of year, I hear God’s invitation to be open and empty, thus I have a small stature of open hands – willing and waiting and an empty bird nest. Bird nests are a powerful image for me, representing what now lies dormant will soon hold life. I wrote about them on this post called “Winter Lessons from the Bird Nests”.
A feather rests on the altar – reminding me of my favorite line from Hildegard of Bingen. “May I be a feather on the breath of God.”
A cross. Always keeping the cross before me, acknowledging all that Jesus has done for us.
Several pieces of sea glass prompt me to pay attention to God’s creation and unexpected gifts.
Several symbols that remind me I am a beloved child of God always in the presence of a loving Lord.
The Space around the Lenten Sacred Space
While I was rearranging I straighten up the nearby shelf that holds my Bibles and devotional books. That area had become cluttered and overflowing so I relocated material I wasn’t reading during Lent and compiled the books I needed for these 40 days all into one basket. No excuse now right?
As I write this, I think I want to add a candle yet. Maybe a purple one?
Do you have a home altar? What special symbols and items would you add to a home Lenten sacred space?