Pray together for a tight knit family!

 

When your children will say “Holy God” they will hear the chants of the angels, who were once seen by a child in Constantinople in the time of the patriarch Proclus. When they will read “It is truly right to bless you, o, Theotokos”, they will find themselves in a poor cell on Mount Athos, where the prayer was first said by the Angel Gabriel; and when they will read the Evening Prayers, children will remember about the great John Chrysostom. 

ey will read the Evening Prayers, children will remember about the great John Chrysostom.

Once they grow old, their prayer habits will grow as well […]

In the first Christian centuries, the members of the family used to pray together, along with the servants. Usually the householder read the prayers, and those present repeated after him slowly. We should imitate these Christians, especially in the evening and in the morning if possible.

When your children will say “Holy God” they will hear the chants of the angels, who were once seen by a child in Constantinople in the time of the patriarch Proclus. When they will read “It is truly right to bless you, o, Theotokos”, they will find themselves in a poor cell on Mount Athos, where the prayer was first said by the Angel Gabriel; and when they will read the Evening Prayers, children will remember about the great John Chrysostom. 

(Translated from Nikolaj Evgrafovich PestovCum să ne creștem copiii: calea spre desăvârșita bucurie, traducere din limba rusă de Lucia Ciornea, Editura Sophia, București, 2005, p. 49)