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Offline Fylakas

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What do ypu do for Great Lent as a family?
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:59:32 PM »
Greeting,

I was curious to see what other families do during Great Lent.  I typically have a project or lental reading.  Last year my boys and I built a prayer stand for the Icon Corner.  This year I am going to have the boys pick there favorite quotes from a favorite saint and engrave it into the stand.  We are also going to read "Called To Serve" by Fr. Peck. 
Peace to all.
Many Blessings,
Chris

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Re: What do ypu do for Great Lent as a family?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 03:31:19 PM »
Greeting,

I was curious to see what other families do during Great Lent.  I typically have a project or lental reading.  Last year my boys and I built a prayer stand for the Icon Corner.  This year I am going to have the boys pick there favorite quotes from a favorite saint and engrave it into the stand.  We are also going to read "Called To Serve" by Fr. Peck. 
Peace to all.
I am grown up & no longer live at home, but when I did we prayed the prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian beofre going to bed as a family with the prostrations during Great Lent.  Plus the fasting rules for food of course.

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Re: What do ypu do for Great Lent as a family?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 11:56:13 AM »

I am grown up & no longer live at home, but when I did we prayed the prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian beofre going to bed as a family with the prostrations during Great Lent.  Plus the fasting rules for food of course.
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We do the same as you do.. I love the St. Ephraim Prayer, it really stresses the need for physical and spiritual being while praying. 
Many Blessings,
Chris

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Re: What do ypu do for Great Lent as a family?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 12:06:40 PM »
Nothing yet, though my girls are getting to the age when I think they could be more involved in stuff, so we may have to try something light/fun this year and see how it goes, and then maybe build on that. Perhaps read a passage from a spiritual work each week and then ask them what they think it means, and give my own thoughts, or something like that.

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Re: What do ypu do for Great Lent as a family?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 12:57:53 PM »
I listen to my Mom worrying about me.  :)

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Re: What do ypu do for Great Lent as a family?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 02:12:51 PM »
I listen to my Mom worrying about me.  :)

LOL!!!  That sounds like my wife and I talking about our 15 yr old :)
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Chris

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Re: What do ypu do for Great Lent as a family?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 02:59:23 PM »
I typically have a project or lental reading. 
Is this where you cast beans about and try to read a message in how they land? Lent does seem to lend itself to such practices, such as when one of the children -- or one of the adults -- throws a plate across the room because they're tired of eating lentils.

I suppose I should think of a good Lenten course of action for this year. Last year we tried to add a little more prayer into our lives, but it was very difficult because Lent seems to be a difficult time as it is and we were approaching the end of our catechumenate, which I hear is almost universally a rough patch.

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