Sunday, November 30
A Child's Guide to the Divine Liturgy...
I was very happy to hear that Ancient Faith Publishing was tackling the job of creating a children's Divine Liturgy book when I heard about it a few weeks ago. Once we got a copy of A Child's Guide to the Divine Liturgy, I was blown away. These photographs simply do not do the illustrations justice. Nearly every two page spread has a lovely drawing on it. The colors are vivid and Megan Elizabeth Gilbert, the artist, incorporated collage into her work using real Liturgical fabric. The effect is just breathtaking! I love that Gilbert chose to illustrate this prayer book with a wide variety of Orthodox Christians from different backgrounds and nationalities... her work is very easy to relate to for my little ones!
Ancient Faith Publishing also made the decision to keep the amount of text in this little book spare. I love that choice for two reasons:
1. It helps to keep the children's attention focused on the service itself, and not on the book in their hands.
2. There are many different translations of the Liturgical texts. With less text, the children won't be so distracted by the differences that are bound to be there.
I am very thankful that Ancient Faith Publishing created A Child's Guide to the Divine Liturgy. It is a wonderful tool for parents looking to help their children learn how to pray during the Liturgy and I believe that a copy of their wonderful prayer book should be in every Orthodox child's Christmas stocking this year!