Probably not future nuns

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Napolean gets down

Napolean gets down (Photo credit: massless)

 

My three kids are starting to behave much better at church. Either that, or, I’m just so used to their bad behavior that I’ve become jaded. Regardless, on what I thought was a relatively well-behaved Sunday, a mysterious turning point in the Mass alerted my five-year-old to something very special. Perhaps it was a tell-tale word or two from the priest, when my daughter suddenly announced: “It’s almost over! We can play soon! Yeah!” And she gave a delighted little squeal. I told her stiffly to be quiet, but the damage was done. I dared not look around at the many faces of those who overheard. They could have been smiling, or….

 

 

 

Then, a minute later, the closing song began and my two- and five-year-olds stepped out into the aisle and merrily pranced around in circles, their arms extended above their heads ballerina style. I probably should have reached out and grabbed them sooner, but I couldn’t help but smile and chuckle. Again, I didn’t look around for a reaction. Anyone not smiling or giggling from my adorable little girls in their matching blue floral dresses showing off their sweet dance moves, could only be blind or in need of more church time.

 

 

 

I wasn’t able to take a picture of the liturgical dance, but here’s a gratuitous picture of my girls in their matching dresses. Note: the oldest, at least, knew better than to join in with the frolicking. That, or she just didn’t have a clear path to the aisle.

 

 

 

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23 responses »

  1. “Anyone not smiling or giggling from my adorable little girls in their matching blue floral dresses showing off their sweet dance moves, could only be blind or in need of more church time.”—I completely agree. And those blue eyes! I can see them from here! So cute. πŸ™‚

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  2. At church this past Sunday, I was echoing your daughter’s sentiment: “It’s almost over!” Whoops, did I just type that for all to see? Hope Fr. Murray doesn’t read your blog. At least I had the restraint not to dance, but your daughters are just saying what we all sometimes feel. They’re just cuter when they do it!

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  3. The Eastern Church is not as uptight about children roaming around the Church during the Divine Liturgy or even speaking out. My son walked up to Father during the Sermon to get a greeting from Father. Father explained to the Roman Catholic, it was acceptable for children to explore during the Liturgy. We do not have special rooms for children. So I have no problem with your children dancing or speaking out that the Liturgy would be soon over.

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      • You are Roman Catholic, I am not. I am an Eastern Catholic, which you would call me a Byzantine; however, I call myself an Orthodox Catholic, as our traditions are closer to the Orthodox than Romans. We just see things differently. I do respect your concerns, as I understand your tradition.

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  4. Trust me, God and Jesus and anyone else with a love for children were smiling and happy to see your girls so full of life..that is what children do, they smile, dance, play.. I would have loved to have seen them..I may have stood up and applauded πŸ˜‰

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  5. what a gorgeous picture! we are a roman catholic family and basically everyone knows when we are there! but I think we have just as much right as everyone else! take this sunday just gone- Aimee=good as gold (yay), Hollie signs to me all the way through, rub tummy=hungry, hands on face=sleepy, very loudly is it over yet?, Josh during the hymns is pretending to be a choir boy whilst pretending to play the organ (this had the priest in hysterics!), then my personal favourite= Hollie says to me at holy communion, how come you all get a snack and we don’t! lol xx

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    • hahaha! that’s great! At Communion my two-year-old always sticks her tongue out to the Eucharistic Minister and says, “I want one.” The five-year-old has been known to sigh heavily and say, “Is it almost over?” Ah, kids. I have a whole category on this blog called “Little Devils at Church” if you’re in the mood for more Mass humor. My favorite is on Easter, the priest asking, rhetorically of course, “Why did Jesus have to die on the cross for us?” A little boy pipes up, “I have NO idea!” πŸ™‚

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    • That does sound nice. My fear would be that when it’s decided that they’re old enough to join the big people, there would be quite the protest! “I want to have fun with my friends in Sunday school!” Tough luck, kidlets! The party’s over!

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    • We do not have a protestant problem in the Eastern Church. Roman Catholics were what we are until the strange teachings appears due to Martin Luther. We accept the Roman tradition; however, we do not follow it.

      My son has been going to the Divine Liturgy with me since he was six weeks old. He was Baptized, received Chrismation and Eucharist at age one and three months. He used to roam the Church up and until age three. He did not say anything but reviewed the Icons, which I taught him who they were. He knew Yehsosha (Jesus) was a God-Man at age one and Mariam (Theotokos, Mary or Deva Maria) was his mother. I have slowly continued to teach him what he needs. There is no Sunday school, as we teach ours. Catholics and Orthodox are equal to a protestant minister.

      Mick wants to go to the Divine Liturgy; however, he is still a child and does things that children do. It reminds me how we are to accept the Kingdom as a child. We honor God 24/7; however, we go to the Divine Liturgy, as it was made for man, not for God. The Church is the Great Hospital, the Mysteries is the Great Medicine that cures us and Christ is the Great Physician that treats us.

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