DMC 18-19: Tasks for Children

We’re still discussing Masses of mostly adults in which children participate. Give kids something to do:

18. It may also be very helpful to give some task to the children. They may, for example, bring forward the gifts or perform one or other of the songs of the Mass.

DMC 19 permits wider adaptation, including directing the homily at children, assuming adults can derive something from it:

19. If the number of children is large, it may at times be suitable to plan the Mass so that it corresponds more closely to the needs of the children. In this case the homily should be directed to them but in such a way that adults may also benefit from it. Wherever the bishop permits, in addition to the adaptations already provided in the Order of the Mass, one or other of the particular adaptations described later in the Directory may be employed in a Mass celebrated with adults in which children also participate.

And we’ll get to those adaptations in later posts.

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