Category Archives: Directory for Masses With Children

DMC 6-7

When we speak of “Masses With Children,” what age group constitutes the subject of the discussion? 6. The Directory is concerned with children who have not yet entered the period of preadolescence. It does not speak directly of children who … Continue reading

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DMC 4-5

Some useful perspectives, including the notion that the DMC is a supplement to the GIRM: 4. All the details of Eucharistic celebration with a congregation were determined in the General Instruction of the revised Roman Missal published in 1969. Then … Continue reading

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DMC 3

Thanks for the good discussion on the last DMC post. I would probably agree that a reexamination is called for, but let’s be careful about blind criticism of the document. It was groundbreaking for its time, and got the post-conciliar … Continue reading

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DMC 2

Is this difficulty truly a”special” one? As I reread the DMc for the first time in about twenty years, I’m struck by the overly pessimistic tone of what children can or might absorb through the celebration of liturgy. That’s not … Continue reading

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DMC 1: Paint a Dark Picture

The first seven sections of the Directory for Masses With Children (henceforth DMC) constitute the introduction to the main document. Two categories of young people are of concern. Those who have yet to complete their Christian initiation, which includes Confirmation, … Continue reading

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Directory for Masses With Children

The Directory for Masses With Children was written by the CDWDS and promulgated on All Saints’ Day, 1973. It may be safe to say this document has all at once been ignored, vilified, misapplied, over-emphasized, and misunderstood by post-conciliar Catholics … Continue reading

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