The Church in Exile and The Three Days of Darkness
This home oratory is simplicity itself. Notice the details of what could be mirror frames simply hanging over the stucco wall to focus the mind on Our Blessed Mother and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Also, the beautiful print of Saint Joseph and the Christ Child becomes a warm background to the altar crucifix. The hanging light reminds us of the Presence of Christ our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and the hanging censor (which can be used for incense) is a beautiful reminder of the beautiful Roman Catholic Mass and the Priest's and our prayers going up to Heaven. This room can be hidden from sight with a simple shelving unit attached to the solid-wood door, if necessary.
See this inspiring oratory on youtube: https://youtu.be/lysB7txwLTI
As the background instrumental piece is quite unpleasant, you may want to mute this.
Did you ever think of creating an altar in every room of your home, to help yourself and your family practice contemplative prayer? This is a beautiful altar arrangement for a bedroom or for a living room or dining room. Candles do not have to be real. Experiment with battery-operated candles inside beautiful candle holders. Use re-chargeable batteries to help you save money.
Altar laces with liturgical themes can be purchased by the yard from online church supply stores or other online sources. Fabric stores also have bridal sections that sell beautiful laces; or, as in this photo, you can simply find a beautiful lace table cloth. Again, notice the warm effect of candle glow. Many battery-run candles have built-in automatic timers that allow for running times of 5 hours or longer! Some also have remote controls so that you can place candles in higher places. These candles can be found in craft stores, such as Michaels, and home-decor stores.
Have you thought of the entry to your home? The front door area, or a roofed porch or patio area near a frequently-used door can be the perfect place to add the warmth of your love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christ our Lord, or any Saint or Angel. Outdoor lighting can be done with strings of lights or with battery-run candles that are on automatic timers. Be creative, and warm up the night with your Faith!