Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Parent's Guide to the Lenten Services

I recently posted an article on  It was written to help parent attend as many of the Lenten services as possible. 

Parenting Guide for Lenten Services

Lent is a three-legged stool of Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving. If you try to balance on only one leg, you are sure to fall. It is very common for people to make this mistake when it comes to fasting during Lent.  We often get distracted by the foods we are or aren’t allowed to eat, and forget about the extra prayer services and opportunities for charity.

Take a moment to look at your church calendar. Does the service schedule seem impossible for you and your family?  The standard service schedule for Lent includes Compline on Mondays, Pre-sanctified Liturgy on Wednesdays, Akathist Fridays, Vespers on Saturdays and Liturgy on Sundays.

The article focuses on the following:

  • Know your limitations
  • Reward system
  • Pick a weekday that works with your family schedule
  • Prioritize the services.
  • Take turns
  • Hire a sitter
  • Bring a sleeping bag (but don’t set up camp)
  • Watch online services
I would love to know what you think about the article. 


Anonymous said...

I am scandalized by the idea of "take turns" or "hire a sitter." This seems as strange to me as hiring a sitter to watch my hungry child while I eat dinner. Our Children need to worship God as much as, or more than we need to. We're losing a whole generation of children in the American Church : (

Vassi said...

Thank you for your comment. I can see what you mean. I do not suggest that we hire a sitter for every service. But if we are not able to attend every service with our children because they are too young, then perhaps we need to attend one or two without them so we can find a moment of prayer and peace and return refreshed to care for them.