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The Blessing Candles: 58 Simple Mealtime Prayer-Celebrations [Paperback]

By Gaynell Bordes Cronin (Author) & Jack Rathschmidt (Author)
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Pages   134
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2000
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN  0867163798  
EAN  9780867163797  

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People all over the world celebrate rituals to mark solstices and equinoxes, births, personal and religious milestones, marriages, anniversaries and death. Rituals allow us to remember our past, hope for the future, live in the now and mark important events, no matter how painful, as celebrations of human becoming and faith. Light is an especially important dimension of life and celebration. Who does not feel gratitude as dawn comes after an especially difficult night or know the joy of lighting birthday candles for children and adults alike? This is why Gaynell Bordes Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt invite us to light two candles and use simple prayer-celebrations before or after meals to uncover the wonder and wisdom of faith in family or group gatherings. Each prayer-celebration includes a gathering prayer, the lighting of two candles, a reading and a prayerful response to it, and a sending prayer. The simple rituals can be used as blessings for everyday and special occasions and for special needs.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gaynell Cronin has spent more than thirty years as a Director of Religious Education and also worked as a pastoral associate. She frequently presents at Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining, New York. Trained at St. Mary's College, she enhanced her knowledge with studies at Fordham University, Pace University and the Shalem Institute. She conducts retreats, parish missions and is widely recognized for workshops on family spirituality, storytelling and family ritual. She is also a much-published author as well as columnist, film-, audio- and video-maker.

Gaynell Bordes Cronin was born in 1949.

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Excellent for family use  Feb 6, 2001
This book fits a specific need for those uncomfortable with someone other than clergy using the official Book of Blessings and those who find the Catholic Book of Prayers for laity not involving the participants sufficiently. There is nothing innately "Catholic" about these ceremonies, they merely assume the existence of a personal God.

The format of each blessing is :

1) a symbol - potted plant, sweater, spices i.e. things normally found around the house

2) a gathering prayer which sets the context for the blessing

3) a three part prayer with a petition, the lighting of one candle, silence, a second petition, the lighting of a second candle, silence, a third petition with a pause

4) a very short reading - scriptural, Jewish teaching tales, quotes from movies, Islamic poets, Gaelic blessings, Hindu scripture, authors of whom I've never heard ... These readings are well chosen so that the blessing can be a family event.

5) Two questions for reflection

6) a short responsory - very brief petitions and a fixed response - both oriented to the topic of blessing

7) a sending prayer i.e. a short prayer of dismissal or "ungathering"

8) an action meaningful in context of the symbol - sprinkling water on the grave of a pet, singing Happy Birthday after blessing a birthday cake etc.

The genius of these blessings are the ability to have something meanful to all ages. These are truly family ritual blessing not merely something the adults do while the children figit.

The blessing are divided into every day, special needs, special occasions and for the year. Examples: for home, for work, for friendship, for career decisions, when disappointed, for death of a pet, for mending quarrels, for a birthday, for a graduation, for a promotion, before a journey, for Advent, for Epiphany, for Father's day, for Halloween ...

I rarely like newly-invented rituals but this book is a real keeper. Every family that wishes to raise children as Christians should at least see this book to see how it might fit into their family.


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