Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families

Tending the Garden of our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families is a book of daily meditations available at the Ancient Faith Store as a book, ebook and audiobook. This book grew out of a 2018 daily podcast special which offered meditations (readings, stories, and lessons for families to share together) for every day of Great Lent and Holy Week. The special podcast was originally released at two levels: one for older children, and the other for younger children. The readings for older children and related craft and activity suggestions are now offered in the book. Purchase your copy of the book here: https://store.ancientfaith.com/tending-the-garden-of-our-hearts-daily-lenten-meditations-for-families/

The simplified version of the meditations for the youngest children remain here in podcast form.

Families are invited to read/listen to each day’s meditation, then use the questions at the end to start a family conversation on the day’s theme! More information, including a few links and printables related to the crafts and activities in the book are available here. Written and presented by Elissa Bjeletich and Kristina Wenger.

Please join us at for an ongoing weekly podcast with meditations for families throughout the year, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts.

Below, you’ll find a link leading to each week’s podcasts for younger children.

Week One: Forgiveness

Week Two: Orthodoxy

Week Three: Prayer

Week Four: The Cross/Humility

Week Five: The Ladder/Almsgiving

Week Six: Fasting/St. Mary of Egypt

Week Seven: Holy Week and Pascha