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Offline Charlemagne

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« on: June 15, 2013, 12:48:04 AM »
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  • Who here has pictures of a home altar or shrine that you'd like to share? I found a picture of ours from our old house. We don't have anything nearly as elaborate in the new house, mainly because of our home's configuration. Please share yours.

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    « Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 01:54:14 AM »
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  • Our altar is different, but I think our whole chapel was designed for a different purpose.

    It's not so much a small, cozy altar set up for family use, but rather the central part of a complete, out-and-out Resistance chapel.

    I look forward to making everything more warm and aesthetically pleasing as time goes on -- I have to wait for things to grow around here.

    We're not "well heeled" so we can't afford to equip an entire chapel. (We're making monthly payments on the workshop. We needed the building because our house has no other space for "storage". No basement, attic, or garage.)

    I've always wanted a home chapel though.
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    « Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 01:54:42 AM »
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  • Forgot to post a picture:

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    « Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013, 10:50:47 AM »
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  • This is a picture of an altar that a new priest  set up at his parents house.  The items on the altar are from a mass kit I made up for him before his ordination.  However, the crucifix is one his parents had

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    « Reply #4 on: June 15, 2013, 11:43:31 AM »
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  • Quote from: Matthew
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    Matthew that is lovely, you did an wonderful job!


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    « Reply #5 on: June 15, 2013, 11:45:40 AM »
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  • Quote from: Emerentiana
    This is a picture of an altar that a new priest  set up at his parents house.  The items on the altar are from a mass kit I made up for him before his ordination.  However, the crucifix is one his parents had


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    « Reply #6 on: June 15, 2013, 11:55:04 AM »
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  • I am loving this thread as I am in the process of setting up an altar in my new place. I have found of list of things to include:

    •Crucifix
    •Statue of Our Lady
    •Holy Water
    •icons (statues of Our Lord, Virgin, and/or Saints)
    •Blessed Salt
    •Rosaries
    •Charcoal incense burner
    •Blessed Candles, vigil candles, and Baptismal candles
    •Roman Missal

    Ideally it would look something like this:


    If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ" Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit" (Jn 3:5) let him be anathema.

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    « Reply #7 on: June 15, 2013, 12:04:41 PM »
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  • Here is the image
    If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ" Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit" (Jn 3:5) let him be anathema.


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    « Reply #8 on: June 15, 2013, 12:27:21 PM »
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  • For those with cats how do you burn candles?   :scratchchin:

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    « Reply #9 on: June 15, 2013, 01:47:08 PM »
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  • I will answer the cat question first.

    I have two lamps with candles in them suspended on either side of the shrine from braces on the wall.  You can get them from any Byzantine or Orthodox religious goods store.  

    I am afraid I don't have a picture.  Ever since my wife and I bought our first house, we have been lucky enough to have a room devoted to prayer.  The room in my home now is fairly small, as I live by myself.  There is a high rectangular table covered with a cloth, and with my mother's large family DRV Bible and two candles I can light when I am actually in the room on top of it.  There is also a hand thurible on the table  (This is a small thurible with a handle rather than a chain.)

    There is a large wooden Latin style crucifix on the wall, with icons of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts on either side.  To the right of the table there is a large statue of St. Joseph, out family patron.  On the left there is a statue of St. Michael (my patron) on a shelf, and icons of the patrons of my wife, all our children and their spouses and in-laws, and all the grand children.  I am currently searching for an icon of the patriarch Adam for my newly adopted grandson, but I have not found one yet.  Fortunately his is taking the name Philip when he is baptized and chrismated tomorrow, after St. Philip Neri.  He read a very old children's book about him that for some reason was in our local public library and fell in love with him.  I won't have any problem finding an image of St Philip Neri.

    There are other icons and statues of the patron saints of other relatives of family friends in the room as well.  
    Stir up within Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the Spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Thy Martyr and Bishop, was filled, when he laid down his life for his sheep: so that, through his intercession, we too may be moved and strengthen by the same Spir

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    « Reply #10 on: June 15, 2013, 01:54:14 PM »
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  • Byzantine art here
    If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ" Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit" (Jn 3:5) let him be anathema.


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    « Reply #11 on: June 15, 2013, 01:56:10 PM »
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    If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ" Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit" (Jn 3:5) let him be anathema.

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    « Reply #12 on: June 15, 2013, 02:06:54 PM »
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  • Wouldn't cats still climb around on the altar?

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    « Reply #13 on: June 15, 2013, 10:33:36 PM »
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  • Well, I don't have anything quite so grand as that.  It is beautiful.

    Telesphorus,

    I leave the door to my chapel (if it can really be called that) closed when I am not in there.  If the home alter is in a place where you can't close a door, yes, I suppose that would be a problem.
    Stir up within Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the Spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Thy Martyr and Bishop, was filled, when he laid down his life for his sheep: so that, through his intercession, we too may be moved and strengthen by the same Spir

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    « Reply #14 on: June 15, 2013, 10:43:17 PM »
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  • Quote from: Tiffany
    For those with cats how do you burn candles?   :scratchchin:

    At first I didn't understand the question, but it became clearer as I read  the comments by Sigi and Tele.

    Well, we have a cat and she knows not to jump up on anything much higher than an armchair. Also we leave a lighted candle unattended, but not because of our cat. It's just common sense.

    It's such a joy to see those beautiful altars!

     

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