"This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the Lord, as a perpetual institution." Exodus 12:14
You would think after having dinners as a family for over 18 years we to could accomplish a "memorial feast" it's memorable all right!!! My husband and I have tried and tried to make dinners less hectic...We owned a Christian Bookstore for ten years and used every material possible from family devotions, to memory building, to family readings and devotions. We have tried giving children assigned seats, saying special prayers, saying a decade of the rosary, reading saint stories, etc...None have made a consistent stay in our home...other than grace and "GOD BLESS THE DEAD PEOPLE" which has taken over for our Eternal Rest prayer. (thanks to my sardonic husband)
We have company about once a week and we do tend to serve pretty healthy meals, but the chaos is most of the time out of control. We did have a photographer from our diocesan newspaper take pictures of the kids on year for the March for Life. When he said that he really would like to come and take pictures at dinner one night, my husband and I laughed..."that would be a very uUN-Prolife thing to do!!!"
Well, as long as the generations will continue to come home for dinner...this momma will be happy. May God bless your Triduum.