The Family Altar
Pictures and Story by Mary T. Meier
There is a special place in our home
This place is our family altar, or shrine,
Most Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
reign in our homes.
And may our lives be always a shrine to Thee!
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Our statue of the Blessed Virgin is a very special one indeed.
Many years ago, my parents received notice that the rental property
One fateful day, through her kitchen window, my mother was horrified
That statue rests in my home now, my Mother in Heaven.
We have begun a practice in our home quite by accident.
The statue used to be a pure white. My brother Joe painted the beautiful face and garments she wears now. When the paint on the beautiful face and gown began to chip over time with age, we began "dressing" the statue in bits of cloth left over from the sewing basket. This was to be a "temporary fix" until the statue could be restored.
But more time passed, and we grew accustomed to the renewed beauty of the statue, now arrayed in garments of real cloth,
For the May Crowning on Mother's Day
Our Lady of Grace
We've prayed many a Rosary before The Immaculate Heart
We have sought the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima
And on the Feast of the Assumption
we honored Our Mother, Queen of Angels and Saints
And since the September 11th Attacks
We ask the intercession of Our Lady Queen of Peace
To celebrate her February 11 feastday, we honor Our Lady of Lourdes
October 7 Feast Day
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
If you don't already have a special place in your home
where the family gathers to pray
we encourage you to create a Family Altar today.
Bring the little ones and acquaint them at a very early age
with the practice of family prayer.
On Nov 21, 2002, we were visited by the Pilgrim Virgin statue
Our Lady of Fatima
For an account of this wondrous visit, please click on her image.