I’ve got a new update to the Saint Aelfric Customary online now: it’s some extra materials to help you customize Family Prayer for your own needs!
In a way, this seems like a silly idea; the whole point of liturgy, or common worship, or common prayer, is that we speak with one voice and one mind, as the Scriptures exhort us. So to customize a liturgy is to defeat the purpose, right? Yes, BUT…. family prayer is explicitly not common prayer in the congregational sense; it’s only common prayer within the context of a local household. There are some devotions and practices that a family might want or need which they’ll best implement in a different way than others. One example is children: my five year old is still developing his attention span; reading a whole chapter from the Old Testament, as in the Daily Office lectionary, is a bit too much for him to take in right now. But if I stick with the mini-readings in Family Prayer, he’ll never be stretched to listen to longer readings, so we need something in between. Thus, one of the resources to be provided in this Customary is a Children’s Lectionary.
Because formatting is difficult to translate onto a webpage (on top of WordPress radically changing its Post Editor into a new system that hate with an alarming hatred), I’m not putting all the actual lectionary-like resources on the page; they’ll wait for the book. But you can comment on the Family Prayer Customary page to request a copy if you want.
Behold: Customary: Family Prayer