Children’s Liturgy of the Word plays an important part in drawing children into worship. It also fosters knowledge of liturgy and scripture. At an early age, children become familiar with the flow of the Sunday liturgical celebrations. As they become comfortable with their involvement at liturgies and develop a sense of belonging in the community, it is hoped and anticipated that they will continue to grow as faithful, practicing members.
For children ages 3-9. Sunday, during 11:00 am mass, September – June
What does “Children’s Liturgy of the Word” mean ?
The term “children’s Liturgy of the Word” refers to the practice of children leaving the Sunday assembly just before the Liturgy of the Word and gathering elsewhere to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.
Why it is Celebrated?
It is celebrated to make mass "child friendly" as they are introduced to the Readings of the day in an age-appropriate way.
In 1973 the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome issued the document Directory for Masses with Children (DMC). This document offers principles and guidelines for adapting the Liturgy of the Word for children, to enable them to take a more conscious and active part in liturgical celebrations.
The Directory states:
Sometimes. . .if the place itself and the nature of the community permit, it will be appropriate to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant, room. Then, before the Eucharistic liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own Liturgy of the word (DMC #17)
The purpose of adapting liturgical celebrations to make them more accessible to children must always be to gradually lead them to full, conscious and active participation in the Sunday liturgical assembly.
Benefits of Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word:
- Helps to celebrate the presence of God in his Word
- Facilitates sharing the message of the gospel with children at their level
- Helps children experience the Church as community
- Encourages children to form a loving and generous response to the Word of God
- Encourages parents to bring the children to Mass and to come as a family
- Encourages parents to attend Mass regularly
- Helps children to learn about their faith in a positive and enjoyable manner
- Helps the community to embrace and acknowledge the children in the parish family
For more on Children’s Liturgy see: http://www.orend.ca/pages/ChildrensLit
Contact: Rosa Corradi