The Common Good
November 2009

How To Build a Memorial Prayer Altar

by Rose Marie Berger, Jeannie Choi, Matt Hildreth | November 2009

Remember your loved ones this month with this beautiful prayer altar

From the beginning, God's people have built altars of remembrance in prayer to God. Noah built an altar to the Lord, offering burnt sacrifices of thanksgiving (Genesis 8:20). Abram also built an altar to God after he was given the promise, "To your offspring I will give this land," (Gensis 12:7). Moses built an altar and called it, The Lord is my banner (Exodus 17:15). In each of these instances, physical objects were erected in remembrance of the providence, grace, and mercy of God.

In this how-to video created to accompany an article on liturgical worship resources from Bryan Cones, associate editor Rose Marie Berger teaches assistant editor Jeannie Choi how to create a memorial prayer altar, a tradition she has practiced in her family for years. Watch and learn how to create your own prayer altar to remember those who have passed and those still living who bring you to your knees before God with thanksgiving for their presence in your life.

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