Now that Lent has begun, I’ve reorganized my little worship space. It’s a little hard to tell from the head-on angle of this picture, but the biggest difference for me now is that I have a kneeler! A friend of mine actually built & stained it himself, albeit with help from more carpenter-like in-laws. It’s got a nice cushion for the knees and a good-sized shelf to put books under while kneeling.
Meanwhile, a new set of symbolism is at work. I was planning on having a single candle in the center, but my wife surprised me with this nice matching pair of purple candles, so I decided to use them both together. They’re large enough to last throughout Lent together, I think. In the center is a little vial of blessed oil for anointing the sick… it used to be sitting on the black candlestick holder which was in the center of the Epiphany get-up, but now it’s orphaned. After taking the picture, I removed the oil vial because once I knelt down I found it was sitting at the center of attention and distracted me. So now the center is an empty space.
Rather than looking at the bare scarf on the top of the desk, my eyes are more naturally drawn upwards to the single cross hanging on the wall, which is now a crucifix. I was debating saving the crucifix until Holy Week, also known as Passion Week, to accentuate that final week’s intensity, but I figured that was too short a time to feature the crucifix, so I’ll find something else to represent Holy Week visually and put up a new picture then.
On the left side of the desk is still my old RSV Bible with my Anglican prayer beads on top of it. On the right-hand side is my breviary and psalter. They’re custom made, based on the BCP 2011 by Fr. Acker, but with the collects of the day from the 1979 BCP since that’s what my parish uses, and also with my own 4-week psalter and my lectionary tied in.
(What can I say, I love exploring different parallel resources for the Office and piecing them together! It’s just annoying jumping from book to book, so I printed my own combination. This might annoy some Anglicans, who’d rather I stick with one tradition and grow in it, rather than jumping from one rock to another and never developing any roots. But the way I see it, the ACNA is on a multi-year project of designing the next edition of the Book of Common Prayer, and when it’s finished we’ll all have to change anyway, so I might as well wait for that to come out and then I’ll settle down with it.)