“They brought children to him to touch. The disciples rebuked them but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’ And he put his arms around them, laid his hands upon them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a special part of our 10:00 Sunday Liturgy. Children from the ages three to eight are invited to hear the Word of God in a version of the Sunday Scripture especially prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved for children. After the Opening Prayer, the priest invites the children to gather in front of the altar, blesses them, and as they are led to the Narthex by an adult leader as the assembly wishes them well with a song. The Children’s Liturgy of the Word includes readings and psalms/responses from the Children’s Lectionary and reflection.
Through CLW, we seek to involve the children in the Liturgy, the joy of song, the holiness of silence and the richness of ritual; the colors of the liturgical seasons, refreshing water, oil, fire, and light. In return the children bring to us the simplicity of God’s Word as Scripture stories are told, retold and discussed at home, on the bike path, in the car, or at bedtime. For more information please contact Christina Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.