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``Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D

Pictures of Family Altars,
sent to me by gracious readers


Graciously sent by a reader who wishes to remain anoynmous. His description:
"Front and center is a St. Benedict crucifix. "May the holy cross be my light."
The crucifix is illuminated by a votive candle which is lit much of the time we are home.
To either side are beeswax candlesticks which I light while prayingbefore the crucifix
(I'm counting on them this hurricane season!)

To Christ's right-hand side is the Immaculate Conception
and to his left is St. Joseph holding El Nino Jesus (Demetz Classico Collection.)
Before the crucifix is whatever devotional book I am currently using.
A rosary is kept before Our Lady and a photo of a deceased niece is also shown here.
Close by are religious books, incense, and holy water."

Sent by Nicollette. Thanks, Nicollette! She has her Crucifix, an incense burner,
candles, a small easel to hold Holy Cards that depict events of the relevant Season or Saint's Feast...


Sent by Sara. Thanks, Sara! She has images of the Sacred Heart
and the Immaculate Heart surmounting a figurine of Our Lord
as He appeared to Sister Faustina, a Crucifix, a statue of Our Lady,
a container of Holy Water, candles, flowers, and her family's rosaries.


A dramatic home altar made by a young male student.

Pictures of a family altar sent by Patrick in Korea.
He has figures of Our Lady and the Infant of Prague, among others.

An altar from a 23-year old male student. He describes it like this: "...on the altar I have a standing crucifix and rosary from the Basilica of St. Anne in Quebec. The top piece (the wood) is a music box from Germany hand-fashioned in the 1950's by someone named "Fr Welty" (his name is emblazoned on the back). The lower half is a display case which I procured at a craft store. Inside there is a vial of holy water I obtained at the Basilica of St. Anne on her feast day, as well as a small triptych depicting the stations of the cross, a bundle of palms blessed the previous Palm Sunday, a statue of St. Thomas Aquinas and a picture of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (he was the Pope under whom I re-entered the Church after a long and chaotic apostasy). On the right of the altar, a small lantern containing a green candle (ordinary time) stands above an icon of the Virgin and Holy Scripture. On the left, I have a glass icon of St. Anne (also obtained at the Basilica on her feast day), another lantern, and a copy of the Little Office of the Virgin. Around the altar is my modest but expanding library of Catholic literature."

A man named Kyle made the altar above. He desribes it thus: "Theres a Celtic Crucifix, icons of The Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a holy water font, candles, angel statue and a rosary."

The above picture was sent by a man named Raphael, who included this description:
"The beautiful picture of Our Lord and His Sacred Heart was printed in the 1930s, perhaps earlier, and is German.
The childlike angels are sounding praises upon lyre and flute, and are also German: Heinzeller of Oberammergau.
There are twelve daffodils, in honour of each star with which Our Lady is crowned.
The cloth upon which the statue of Lady of Fatima is placed is a linen corporal yet unused for its intended purpose,
which is a good thing to keep in a sick-call set. Her original plastic crown was lost,
but I was fortunate to find a splendid metal one embellished with glass jewels on eBay, which fits perfectly."

A dining room altar.

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