Here is a look at the bag I pack to help get us through the long Great Canon Services this week. These items are chosen so the kids can be kept quietly busy while still singing along with the responses to the Canon. The wonderful green book is a homemade coloring book created by the little princess' godfather (Erin's wonderful husband). It contains line drawings of every imaginable saint and feast day. The kids enjoy coloring these, and they also love to take blank sheets of paper and trace the images - great practice for future iconographers :) I try to rotate out a good selection of books, preferably ones that pertain to Lent or Pascha, but not always. (My favorite new book right now is The Man and the Vine - a beautifully illustrated rhyme about a man growing the grapes for the Eucharist wine - it is a very moving children's book). The crocodile hunter likes to have a prayer book, and the Queen has crayons and a few small wooden figures to play with. All of the books you see are available through St. Nectarios Press or Conciliar Press.