3 Ways to Bring Mary into Your Kitchen

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My kitchen is, quite possibly, my favorite room in my house. This has nothing to do with a love of cooking, mind you, but as much to do with the presence of my table, coffee, and a view of great sunrises.

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It’s natural, then, for me to want to include Mary in my kitchen. I start most days with a rosary, devotions, and coffee, sitting in my kitchen. We eat our meals in the kitchen; I fold laundry there; often, I write accompanied by the tock of the kitchen clock.

The kitchen is the heart of my home, and I’ll bet it’s an important part of yours too. Here are a few of my tips for bringing Mary into your kitchen:

Put a statue by your sink.

I’m fond of the Kitchen Madonna, myself, but what you’ll find looking over my sink is an olive wood bust a dear friend gave me. Seeing Mary here reminds me of my important role in the kitchen…and in God’s kingdom.

Place a rosary by your coffeepot.

And yes, I suggest this so that you’ll use it in your kitchen! Bless your efforts – however humble – and bless the space where you spend so much of your time.

Make the Hail Mary part of your kitchen routine.

Find yourself folding laundry at the table or rinsing dishes after dinner? Offer a Hail Mary – that’s 14 seconds of your time – for your work, your family, your

How do you make Mary a part of your kitchen experience?

I’d love to hear your responses!

Copyright 2015, Sarah Reinhard

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  1. If I was at home I’d share a picture, but one of my favorite things is that I have two wooden madonnas from my two trips to Africa sitting behind my sink. They are a great blessing, a reminder to offer work I don’t particular like as a prayer, and to remember the people I met on those trips too. Great post!

  2. I have a kitchen Madonna sitting next to my stove which reminds me to offer up those times I especially do not feel like cooking for a family of 8. I also say many Hail Mary’s going between the kitchen and laundry room, they are right next to each other.

  3. I don’t have a wide enough windowsill for a statue, so I have a holy card of Our Lady of Perpetual Help taped, at my eye level, to the divider between two windows. 🙂 I do have a lovely new Madonna art print, and once I get that framed I think I’ll need to find a home for her in the kitchen.

  4. I love this post, Sarah! I often think about how Mary must have kept her home for Jesus, Joseph and herself … I bet she was an amazing homemaker! Having Mary in the kitchen keeps a prayerful and diligent attitude alive during the most mundane work. I have a Kitchen Madonna statue on my window sill. She is holding a broom, sweeping. I love her 🙂

  5. Heather Franco on

    Loved this article! I have a picture of our Lady taped to a cupboard door. I also have a white bust of our Lady that I usually fill ( the back is a vase) with flowers. I Keep a rosary and chaplet hanging near the kitchen sink as well as a prayer for the souls in Purgatory.

  6. Love this post. Have a kitchen Madonna on my windowsill and see her has I’m washing dishes and walk by her many times a day. She makes me smile and reminds me to breathe. She is with me always even if I don’t really want to wash the dishes.

  7. Oooh, I’m going to go find a small statue of Mary and put it on my kitchen windowsill right now! Why didn’t I think of doing that years ago?!

  8. Angela Goudman on

    In her book “The Year and Our Children”, Mary Reed Newland describes ways in which they incorporated Marian shrines into their homes. “Our Lady of the Kitchen” is a statue of Our Lady in a glass baking dish filled with soil. She stands with a donkey and is framed by “trees” – actually carrot tops sprouted in the soil in the dish.

    Mrs. Newland also recommends, as a Christmas present, that one could make an apron with a buttoned pocket and put a rosary in it for “mothers, grandmothers, and very special aunts who are always misplacing their rosaries and wishing they had them while waiting for a load of laundry to finish, a batch of cookies to brown, or a batch of bread to rise…” As a modern adaptation, you could simply buy an apron and sew a pocket onto it.

  9. This morning I read, The Kitchen Madonna, a 1966 children’s book by Rumer Godden. The book reminds us to create special places for Mary in our homes. I love the ideas posted by readers of this blog, especially the thought to keep a rosary in the kitchen. I am the co-author of The Rosary Collector’s Guide and often bring my collection of unique rosaries to show to church groups. I’ll remember to keep a rosary in the kitchen.

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