This past summer we finally set up a permanent home altar, and we've been steadily developing a set of commemorations to take us through the liturgical year.
One thing we've done is take the monthly commemorations in one of our favorite prayer books and designed 4x6 altar cards around them, which we developed at the local photo place. Now at the beginning of each month, we put the appropriate card in a picture frame and have the prayer up for all to say during the month. So, for example, this month we are commemorating the Holy Rosary:
This worked great. Not only does it set the mood for the month, but it also keeps the prayer front and center.
So now we are expanding this concept on behalf of our departed family members. Here's what we came up with:
Well, ok, these two aren't family members. Hmm...but that "Italian" guy looks suspiciously familiar...I seem to remember him from high school English class.
There are two special times that are particularly recommended for commemorating the members of our families who have passed on:
1) All Souls Day (Nov. 2) and really the entire month of November, which is dedicated to the Holy Souls
2) their anniversaries of death
We plan to remember our loved ones' anniversaries of death by having their picture on the altar and saying the "Eternal Rest" prayer for them. And then we'll have all of their pictures out together on November 2.
By the way, I'd be happy to make up 4x6 cards for your own family members if you are interested. Just drop us a line.