Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Feast of St. John the Baptist and New Prayers

Today, we'll be celebrating the feast day with two baseball games. It's not a double-header. We're going to two different ball parks. One in the late morning, followed by a nap, then a night game. It should be a busy, fun day for the boys.

Also, I've made a small but substantial change in our morning routine. After reflection upon the 1928 Book of Common Prayer recently, I've moved the readings to before the Lord's Prayer. Also, I'm adding in the family prayer immediately after that. Now, silent worship is incorporated between those two spoken prayers, or is replaced by additional prayers from the Book of Common Prayer.

I forgot to mention that during feeding the chinchilla we sing "Good Morning to You," to her. We will continue this song even after she's gone, but sing it to the children. That's why she has a place in our prayer routine, rather than in the household routine. Since she came into the family before the children did, she'll remain the object of the greeting. She's been supplanted in so many other ways, that I don't have the heart to do this as well. Plus, it teaches the children that we love and care for our pets, as well as they.

I'm also altering vespertine prayers along with study of the prayer book. We are lighting candles with colors to correspond to the liturgical season, either during prayer or family supper. We are saying the Lord's Prayer during this time as well. This Trinity season is a time of extraordinary change here at the Cottage.

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