A growing feature of the Sunday Eucharist is the withdrawal of children to celebrate their own
liturgy of the Word. The usual Sunday process of three readings, interspersed with psalm, silence
and acclamation, and enfleshed by homily and prayer of the Faithful, requires a level of
concentration of which most children are not capable. Simplifying this part of the celebration,
while maintaining its liturgical character, satisfies the needs of the young so that they, too, can
celebrate the Eucharist with ‘full, conscious and active participation’ which is ‘their right and duty
by virtue of their baptism’. (CSL #14)
Fr Linh invites children, from preps through to Year 6, to come up to the altar before the Liturgy of the Word begins. He sends them out with a blessing, to spend time with the readings at their own level. Each Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word is enriched and modified to make it important and relevant to the lives and experiences of young people and children.
Thay are brought back into the church before the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, and are then invited up to stand around the altar as we pray the Lord's Prayer.