Category Archives: Directory for Masses With Children

DMC 41-42: Three, Two, or One?

Nine of the DMC’s fifty-five sections detail the proclamation and preaching of the Word. Rome considers this important for children, clearly. 41. Since readings taken from holy Scripture “form the main part of the liturgy of the word,” [GIRM 33.] … Continue reading

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DMC 40: Introductory Rites

The introductory rites: one of the battlegrounds of the liturgy tussles. DMC weighs in on the side of directness and simplicity. The important factor is to allow these rites to do their job and not distract children. 40. The introductory … Continue reading

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DMC 38-39: Parts of the Mass, a Beginning

Chapter III, Part 8 of the DMC takes a look at the parts of the Mass. In fact, these sections and the fifteen that follow will detail some specifics on various Mass parts and how they could and should be … Continue reading

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DMC 37: Silence

It’s really an urban legend that Vatican II and its emphasis on participation neglects the interior. Also in the status of “legend” or “myth” is the notion that progressive liturgists demur on the issue of silence. 37. Even in Masses … Continue reading

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DMC 35-36: Visual Elements

Even before the modern video culture took root, DMC recognized the value of what a child sees at Mass: 35. The liturgy of the Mass contains many visual elements and these should be given great prominence with children. This is … Continue reading

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DMC 33-34: Gestures

Music down, gesture to go: 33. In view of the nature of the liturgy as an activity of the entire person and in view of the psychology of children, participation by means of gestures and posture should be strongly encouraged … Continue reading

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DMC 30-32: Music

Hold on to your hats for a few surprises in DMC on music: 30. Singing must be given great importance in all celebrations, but it is to be especially encouraged in every way for Masses celebrated with children, in view … Continue reading

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