Child-friendly Easter Vigil readings
Below find my reworking of some suggested readings which I concocted for this past Easter vigil @ my parish, St. Bartholomew's in White Plains, NY.
Draw the kids "up front" to gather around. When possible, use several readers to keep interest. The delivery should decidedly be a bit 'theatrical' (read animated). In the instance of "Red Sea", paraphrase it to get participation from the kids after the first go-round with Pharoah....Moses said: and Pharoah said: . By the 2nd or 3rd go-round, the kids are screaming the responses enthusiastically....
I also would encourage kids being up close and personal during the kindling of the new fire and maybe accompanying the deacon on either side into the church....
Here are the readings:
CREATION STORY (FOR EASTER VIGIL)
THE SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM
THE PASSAGE THROUGH THE RED SEA
VALLEY OF THE DRY BONES
Please send your feedback 'cause a little ole deacon like me needs that to keep on track and know what is headed out is what is needed. The usual procedure - if you use it, just give an attribution.
Keep an eye peeled, Christmas pagent is on the way... well, maybe 2 different ones..
Later! In Christ's service (and yours), DJ
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