A Prayer Corner in Your Home
A helpful custom is to have a prayer corner in your living room, bedroom, or elsewhere in your home. If you do not have one already, consider setting apart such a place in a visible way.
The focal point of the prayer corner is one or more sacred images. These can include an icon, a picture, a crucifix, or a cross. They may be original works or reproductions. Often an oil lamp or candle burns in a safe location nearby. A small plant or floral arrangement recalls God’s glorious creation. Furniture near the prayer corner should allow for comfortable kneeling, sitting, or standing as you find appropriate.
A generous space should be available for books such as the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, Hymnal, and other devotional resources.
If you burn incense during your prayer time, provide safe space for a thurible, charcoal, matches, and the incense itself.
If live or recorded music is part of your personal prayer practice, include whatever instruments, recordings, or scores you need.
Your prayer corner will be a standing invitation to draw near to the Holy One who always welcomes us.
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The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington