OK, so I was asked by some people what the “evening prayer thing” looked like at our house.  So I thought I’d give a really concrete example…AND insert an idea for those with young children.

We do our evening prayer at our dinner table.  It is a logistics thing because that is where my family gathers at least one time a day and sits there longer than 10 minutes (as long as their mouths are full!!)  We do our evening prayer after we’ve finished eating, but before we clean up.

So here is what the weeks of Advent will look like: (remember you can find the whole Advent Evening Prayer in the last post)

Opening:  Our son (who loves fire) will light the candles at the table and read the opening lines.

Yours is the day, O Lord, Yours also is the night….

If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,

And the light around me will be night,”

Even the darkness is not dark to You,

And the night is as bright as the day

Darkness and light are alike to You.

Call to Wait :  our daughter will usually read this.  It is cool because as she reads it so often, she memorizes the scripture very quickly.

1My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
2He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3How long will you assail a man,
That you may murder him, all of you,
Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
4They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;
They delight in falsehood;
They bless with their mouth,
But inwardly they curse. [Selah.]

5My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
7On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. [Selah.]

9Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath.
10Do not trust in oppression
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
11Once God has spoken;
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God;
12And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord,
For You recompense a man according to his work.

Stories:  Then I will tell the story.  During Advent, we will use the O Antiphons and the related scripture.  (If you have little ones, I would stop here and do some short activity with them.  Perhaps color a small picture of the story that was just read and make it into an ornament to add to the tree?)

Song:  Someone – my husband or one of the kids will read the song.  During Advent the first week is a “song” from the angels, the second is Mary’s song, the third week is Zacariah’s and the final week is back to the angels again.

Blessing:  Usually my husband gives the blessing.  However, the blessing we are using this year has a change of readers, so we’ll all say parts but my husband will be the official “leader”.  (The blessing we are using is one from Northumbria Community in Ireland.)

I hope this helps to give a little idea of what it looks like in one household at least.  I’d love to hear what it looks like in your house!!