Yes, we have a family altar! Great idea! I saw your ‘Fisheaters’ link last November, and decided it would be really good to make an altar. I’m using an old hutch that’s been in our family for generations. It houses our holy card collection and many rosaries. Right now, a statue of St. Joseph is there because it’s March; his month. But I do change the focal point to other saints throughout the year. I’ll probably put a crucifix there for holy week. Mostly it’s our lady who is there at the altar–who else?
In Genesis, the patriarchs all built altars out of stone when they experienced something important from God. They would pile one stone on top of another so that, when they passed that way again, the rocks would serve as a reminder of what God had done for them. So as you put your altar together, maybe think of them and the meaning the altars had for them. There altars were put together as an act of love; they were making a pact with God. Also, our family altars can be places where through prayer, we offer up our lives to God daily.
Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
Genesis 12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
Genesis 13:4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had make there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Genesis 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
Genesis 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
Genesis 26:25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.
Genesis 33:20 And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.
Genesis 35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
Genesis 35:3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
Genesis 35:7 And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.