Category Archives: Directory for Masses With Children

DMC 55: Conclusion

The final section of the DMC. It’s been a wild ride, hasn’t it? 55. The contents of the Directory have as their purpose to help children readily and joyfully to encounter Christ together in the eucharistic celebration and to stand … Continue reading

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DMC 53-54: Before, During, and After Communion

DMC says no omissions, but they don’t mention the Rite of Peace: 53. When the eucharistic prayer has ended, the Lord’s Prayer, the breaking of bread, and the invitation to communion should always follow, [See DMC 23.] that is, the … Continue reading

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DMC 52: Eucharistic Prayers

The DMC predates the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses With Children by a few years. It does reiterate the importance of the EP, and how the priest prays it: 52. The eucharistic prayer is of the greatest importance in the eucharist … Continue reading

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DMC 50-51: Presidential Prayers

The DMC seems a little nervous skirting the issue of adapting Roman Missal prayers for children. With good reason, I’d say. Let’s read: 50. The priest is permitted to choose from the Roman Missal texts of presidential prayers more suited … Continue reading

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DMC 47-49: Commentary, Homily, and Creed

Introductory comments on the Scriptures or on the saint of the day are commended: 47. All the elements that will help to explain the readings should be given great consideration so that the children may make the biblical readings their … Continue reading

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DMC 46: Singing The Word

A brief section on singing: 46. Verses of psalms, carefully selected in accord with the understanding of children, or singing in the form of psalmody or the Alleluia with a simple verse should be sung between the readings. The children … Continue reading

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DMC 43-45: Choices of Texts

Picking up on the last DMC post, there is a sound option for liturgists and clergy if the readings are unsuitable: change them. The DMC suggests that other Lectionary or Bible readings can be used. With weekly school Masses, I … Continue reading

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