Great Lent is knocking on the door. This is a beautiful and liturgically full time of year, and there are many ways to enter into the season as a family.
Here are a few of my favorite resources for Great Lent.
Make a Lenten calendar with your family. Many Mercies blog has a great printable calendar that you can use to track the days of Lent (think Advent Calendar, just the Lenten version). It comes complete with icons and can be colored or left blank.
Make a Lenten scrapbook. You can make your own book and use each page for a different feast or Sunday of Lent. This is especially useful if you have small children who need a distraction during Liturgy. Adding an icon for that Sunday is helpful, or they can just free color. I find this keeps my kids’ minds attuned to the service if I say, “Yes you may color, but color about Orthodoxy Sunday.”
Do 40 Days of Prayer. Unfortunately, I do not have a link back for this source, so I don’t know where it originated, but I love the idea. We’ve done this before, and we brainstorm as a family 40 people/families/groups to pray for. Each day during Lent, we add one of them to our daily prayers (at bedtime or at dinner).
Do the Daily Readings as a family. This link also has printable calendar. Or, if you’re smart phone addicted (like a certain Khouria who may or may not be the author of this blog), you can use the Daily Readings app.
Talk about fasting together. Remind yourselves and each other that we are not saying no to food as much as we are saying yes to God. We are teaching our bodies to do without, so that when temptation arises, we can go without sin. Children do not or can not always fast from meat, but we can help them learn to fast from other things, like electronics, fast food, etc.
We love Gigi Shadid’s music. If you need some good, Orthodox children’s CDs/MP3s to listen to during Lent, I highly suggest these.
- Fruits of the Spirit
- Celebrate the Feasts
- ABCs of Orthodoxy
- Fight the Good Fight (disclosure: I haven’t heard this CD yet, as I didn’t even know it existed until just now! I’m ordering it today.)
Orthodox Mom has a great list of 40 Ways To Involve Your Child In Lent.
Please also check out my Lenten Pinterest Board, which has some other great ideas.
May you have a blessed Lent!
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