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Offline lizzyd

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Midnight Liturgy with kids
« on: May 01, 2013, 10:29:15 PM »
Any tips on how to handle this? I would really like to participate in the entire Paschal Divine Liturgy but my kids have other ideas. Last year we were only able to stay until shortly after Liturgy began, both of my kids were just done at that point. They're four and two this year. The four year old could probably handle it, but it's the two year old I'm worried about. She is difficult to manage in church in general.

I'm always pleased and relieved when we make it through DL on a Sunday morning, and that's when they're well-rested!

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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013, 10:56:56 PM »
I brought blankets and pillows, and found a spot in the back or side of the Church, if it would  be needed.

The first Pascha, when my oldest was 11 months, he sat in his car seat the entire service (except I think the procession I carried him).  Awake.  But we were where he could see everything (up in the balcony).  And that was with Archbishop Job serving IIRC, so it went for five hours or more.
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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 11:23:14 PM »
Yeah, let them sleep. Our  church even designated a room off to the side for little ones to nap in if desired.
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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 12:46:53 PM »
Christ is risen!

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Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 12:49:49 PM »
Aw, bless! <3
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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 07:44:15 PM »
Christ is risen!

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Priceless!

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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 08:25:11 PM »
Go to a church with pews if you can and as said earlier, bring pillows  :angel:
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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 09:40:35 AM »
My kids aren't the type to sleep in an unusual situation, unfortunately. However they both did pretty well and we lasted until about 3am! By then though they were both crashing. Still not falling asleep but beginning to get upset. I am pleased we made it that long and maybe next year we can stay even longer.

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Re: Midnight Liturgy with kids
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2013, 10:14:51 AM »
Any tips on how to handle this? I would really like to participate in the entire Paschal Divine Liturgy but my kids have other ideas. Last year we were only able to stay until shortly after Liturgy began, both of my kids were just done at that point. They're four and two this year. The four year old could probably handle it, but it's the two year old I'm worried about. She is difficult to manage in church in general.

I'm always pleased and relieved when we make it through DL on a Sunday morning, and that's when they're well-rested!

My kids are unused to the type of service that the DL is, and they are absolutely out of control sometimes. We went to Pascha, but we had to leave a bit early and couldn't stay for the food. Hopefully next year, when they are more used to the Sunday morning service, we'll be able to take them with more sucess to the midnight service.