Do you like to work with young children? Children’s Liturgy at St. Mary’s just may be what you are looking for in sharing your talents with our church. We welcome assistants to help our Prayer Leaders conduct the Sunday Children’s Liturgy at the 9:00 am Mass.
What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word?
The Liturgy of the Word with children is worship–the ritual celebration of God’s presence in His word. It is a special opportunity for children ages 4 until reception of First Communion to understand and appreciate Scripture at Sunday Mass. Basically, after the opening prayer at Sunday Mass, the children are invited to come forward with an adult Prayer Leader and go the Church Hall to participate in their own Liturgy of the Word. Children rejoin their families in church after the Prayer of the Faithful for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
What happens during Children’s Liturgy of the Word?
Children who wish to participate come forward and follow the Adult Prayer Leader In reverent procession, they follow the leader to the Church Hall where an environment has been set up for prayer. The celebration of the Word with Children follows the same structure as the Liturgy of the Word with the main assembly. The Prayer Leader will light the candle, enthrone the lectionary, and begin with a welcome and opening prayer. Then the first reading is read and the psalm is sung. There may be a second reading. Then all rise to sing the Alleluia and listen to the Gospel. After reading the Gospel, the Prayer Leader will do a reflection on the Gospel and other readings with the children on their level. After the reflection, a creed and prayer of the faithful for children are said, and the children are given an opportunity to make their monetary offering. The pamphlet, “Children Celebrate” having to do with the Sunday scripture they just heard, is given out and the children return quietly upstairs to rejoin their families.
How do assistants participate in Children’s Liturgy?
We ask that the assistant meet the Children’s Liturgy of the Word procession in the back of the church at the 9:00 am Sunday Mass. (Ideally, we would like to assign one assistant per week – however, two assistants would be acceptable). Assistants are needed to help keep the children focused on the liturgy. Occasionally, one or two children may need to be escorted to the restroom or may need to be cared for – i.e., runny nose, crying…wants his/her parent etc.). Some Prayer Leaders may ask for help in setting up before or picking up afterwards. In that case, the Prayer Leader will show you what to do and where things belong. Please feel free to ask questions. We want this to be enjoyable for all.
For the most part, the children are well behaved. It will take an assistant a couple of Sundays to get familiar with the ritual. Assistants are welcome to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. – Say, like perhaps reading the first reading or singing a responsorial psalm. If this is something that appeals to you, please let the Prayer Leader know ahead of time and he/she will work with the assistant on his/her participation.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word welcomes your assistance - it is always nice having extra helping hands. Keep in mind; if this is something you feel you would like to continue to do after you receive confirmation, we welcome your involvement. You would not have to commit to every Sunday. This would be something that you can do perhaps once a month. Or, if you see that there are a whole lot of children going to Children’s Liturgy of the Word and one Prayer Leader, you may just want to help out spontaneously on that day.
If you are interested in participating in Children’s Liturgy of the Word, please contact St. Mary’s office.
We welcome your participation and look forward to meeting you.
May God Bless You,
Children’s Liturgy of the Word Prayer Leaders