Thanks to the dozens of people who entered for a chance to win a copy of The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home. I’m pleased to announce that the winner is Mrs. Katie Kolodzy of suburban Atlanta, Georgia! Hope you enjoy this terrific resource, and thanks to Sophia Institute Press both for asking me to review this very helpful and informative book, as well as allowing my readers a chance to receive a free copy.
Setting up a little oratory of your own really isn’t that difficult. I’ve had one of my own for years, as I described in the book review; you can see the top of it below. This part of the oratory features an image of Christ Pantocrator in the middle, displayed on an easel directly beneath the wall sconce. Christ is flanked by wooden statues of Saints Peter and Paul, and all three are from Spain, made in the Romanesque style which dominated Western art history from roughly 1000-1150 A.D.
Flanking the statues of the two saints are gilded images from Italy of two angels playing musical instruments, which are taken from the work of the early Italian Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. In front of the image of Christ Pantocrator is a contemporary Easter egg on a gilt stand from Russia, portraying a traditional icon of the Madonna and Child. And surrounding all of these objects is a selection of some of my favorite family photos.
Chances are that you already have items like this around the home, that you could bring together into one place to serve as an oratory. The images of Jesus, the angels, and the saints are there to remind me of the goal, as it were, of where my life is supposed to be heading. And the family pictures, particularly since I don’t get to see my family as often as I’d like, remind me to pray for them, and to commend them to God’s care.
Putting together something like this, in a way that is meaningful and helpful for your prayer life, is something that really anyone can do – and if you’re not sure how to start, then “The Little Oratory” can definitely help you in that regard.
Now, for those of you who missed out this time around, next week I’ll be reviewing and hosting yet another giveaway! This time, courtesy of legendary recording company Decca Classics, we’ll be taking a listen to the new release from Voces 8, “Eventide”, which will be released in the U.S. on June 24th. A British a cappella octet made up of six men and two women, the group performs a wide range of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, all the way up to the present-day. Wednesday of this coming week, you’ll be able to check out my review, and enter for a chance to win a free copy of their new CD.
Once again, my thanks to Sophia Institute Press for this week’s giveaway, and especially to my readers for your patronage of this site!