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 of all stripes.
Over the next month or so, we’ll take a look at the fifty-five sections, and by the time we get to March, we’ll add an examination of the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children.
Meanwhile, here’s the outline of the document:
Chapter I. The Introduction of Children to the Eucharistic Celebration
Chapter II. Masses With Adults in Which Children Also Participate
Chapter III: Masses With Children in Which Only a Few Adults Participate
1. Offices and Ministries in the Celebration
2. Place and Time of Celebration
3. Preparation for the Celebration
4. Singing and Music
6. Visual Elements
8. Parts of the Mass
We’ll begin with the introduction later tonight.