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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Liturgy for Toddlers

Mealtime prayers with toddlers in the house are inevitably a training session. (Actually, the entire mealtime is a training session for toddlers, from start to finish, but that's another post!)

When our babies first joined our table, perched in their high chairs, we were satisfied if we got through a meal with relative peace. It was exciting to see the first signs of our little ones imitating prayer time and we offered plenty of praise for the clasped hands and the shouts of "AMEN!"

Soon, however, our expectations began to rise. It was always at about this time that we added in our pre-prayer time routine of "Open Them, Shut Them."

You probably know this little poem:
Open them, shut them,
Open them, shut them,
Give a little clap!
Open them, shut them,
Open them, shut them,
Place them in your lap!

These days it is Toby who gets us started with "Open them..." He can't imagine prayers beginning without it and the poem is always followed by Mr. Edwards leading us in a prayer.

But the rest of us are a little fatigued. Because our Latin studies are teaching us Latin prayers, we are now dropping the "Open them, shut them" preamble in favor of The Sanctus as a beginning to our mealtime prayer.

I worried about persuading Toby to give up his favorite action poem, but instead he has joyfully embraced The Sanctus.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus...
Holy, Holy, Holy...

I'm ready.

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