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How to Educate Children #418909
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I'm a Latin Catholic who's making a canonical change to Eastern Catholicism. My current baby is set to be christmated with the newborn who is due some time late April. Clearly, I have a good amount of time to concern myself with this. However, as I was brought up as a Latin, I have no idea how Eastern Children are Catechised. Does anyone have any ideas of resources to point me to? Im cool with Orthodox material.

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Christ is in or midst!!

What does the priest who will will initiate your children have to offer? IMHO, that's the first and best person to ask.

Bob

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Yes, I suppose I should ask him. He's very busy since he goes straight to another church after us, and there's a bit of a language barrier that forces me to go through another person. It's a bit hard to accomplish, but I've done it thus far. I was just interested in what various other households do, as my children are only 11 months and unborn, so nobody is focusing on their education but me right now. Just planning ahead.

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Christ is in our midst!!

If it were me, I'd call the eparchy chancery and ask for direction. Be proactive. These are the souls entrusted to your care. Sometimes as a parent you've got to step up. Me? I've been accused of a lot of things, but shy is not one. When it comes to my children developing a relationship with Jesus, I think if I have one I also need to introduce them even if it means doing it all myself. M children told me they learned more from me at home than from all their religious education classes--both in terms of catechesis and practice. So just do it. If this change is important enough to do, then it'[s important enough to make sure it takes root in your children's lives.

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Have you checked out the materials at God With Us Publications. http://godwithusbooks.org They have a set of materials for each grade level. The pre-kinder is a workbook for the teacher that has materials and suggestions in it. Beginning with kinder they have children's workbooks through elementary ages. We are using these in our RE classes. This is kind of old but it might be of some help. http://remnantofremnant.blogspot.com/2011/07/educating-byzantine-catholic-children.html This also might be of some use. http://catholicmom.com/2015/08/12/byz-y-mama-a-divine-liturgy-book-for-toddlers/

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Good advice above. I would add that you should also pray together as a family. Even if time only permits the Lord's prayer before meals. But better would be to have a short, age appropriate prayer time each day at bedtime (with all adults and children joining in)..

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Also try some simple age-appropriate devotions during the Penitential season.

Here is one I wrote long ago for a Western parish for Lent:

The candles are lighted.

The Invocation is said
:

In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
Amen.

The Opening Prayer is read:

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, in your lovingkindness
In the fullness of your compassion, blot out our offenses.
Thoroughly wash us of our iniquities,
And from our sins cleanse us,
Through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, AMEN
.
The Lesson is read. The Lesson may be the Scripture listed on the Paschal Mission pages in the Church bulletin; or an Internet source

The Agnus Dei is sung using whatever setting is most familiar.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
Grant us peace..

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

The Blessing is said:


The Lord Almighty order our days and our deeds in His peace.
-OR-
The Lord bless us +, deliver us from evil, and preserve us unto
everlasting life.

The candles are extinguished.

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Hello All and thank you for your help.

The resources are great JimG. That's what I was looking for. I'll delve into those.

We're definitely including our baby in prayer. We have an icon corner, and have been developing a good rule of prayer for our family.

Im certainly not trying to sleep on the childrens' education, but what I was looking for were resources. As a roman, I knew about Baltimore catechism, so I was wondering what the eastern equivalent was. Another reason why I asked was because I had heard about how Byzantine Catholics preferred to educate through the Liturgy, and I was wondering how that looked to some of you. To be honest, we have a small church of about 20, and no other children. So I just reached out to know how it worked in your households. I most definitely did not mean to come across as too shy to learn how to educate my kids. I'm just curious to see how other parents do it. It's certainly very important to me. I was a catechism teacher myself; I'm just looking for that special "eastern lens".

Thomas the Seeker, that's beautiful prayer, and I'm honored you shared it.

Thank you all for your time and your amazing advice.

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We will pray for your success. You are certainly not alone. Because our community is small we have had to work on providing some form of religious education. We have finally been able to provide classes for our youngest children. We have started an adult class as well. It seems to be very popular.


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