“And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.” -Luke 24:30 KJV

Within your home temple is an altar. When we went over dedicating the altar, we mentioned tools one may place upon their altar:

  • The Rod of Aaron in the eastern spot to represent Air and God the Father
  • The Panticle to the North to represent Earth and Heavenly Mother
  • The Chalice, with water in it, to the West to represent Water and Jesus Christ/YHVH
  • The Athame to the South to represent the Fire and the Holy Spirit

All tools should be made of natural substances; wood, stone, pure metals (as pure as possible). The Lord has commanded us that no iron should be placed upon our altars (Deuteronomy 27:5). Based on this, the Fellowship recommends avoiding plastic as well, as it too is a man-made substance.

Earth: Panticle/Communion Plate

To make a panticle, a plate used to bless and pass the Sacrament of Communion, any plate may be used. Like the other tools, listen to the Holy Spirit to find the right item. My son found a silver Kiddush cup and saucer set for his communion plate and cup. I found a large wooden candle holder. Just wait until the Spirit moves you. This is the most important part of the magic of the priesthood, patience and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

To dedicate the panticle, put it on the altar and placed both hands over it. Prayed over it, using the 61st Psalm:

“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations.
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.”

Continue after reading this with a prayer from the heart dedicating it to God to represent the Earth. Elohim (God the Father, Air, and God the Mother, Earth), Jesus Christ (Water), and the Holy Spirit (Fire) should all be invoked in the prayer. after praying over the plate, place some bread on it and read a prayer for blessing the Sacramental bread.

“O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.” -Avahr 31:22, Moroni 4:3 RAV & OPV

Eating the sacramental bread will serve as the conclusion of the dedication.

Conclusion

One may prepare their tools before or after the altar has been prepared. When not in use, be sure to properly store them. They may be placed on the altar as a reminder of the sacred nature of one’s home temple, or placed somewhere else to keep them clean and safe. Some put a white cloth over them to keep dust and dirt off of them. These are personal choices that should be made prayerfully and practically. Other tools may be placed on the altar as well, such as an incense burner, a vial of oil for blessing the sick, etc. It is recommended that open scriptures be laid on the altar when not in use.

“The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” -1 Corinthians 10:16b