They may, for example, bring forward the gifts or perform one or other of the songs of the Mass (No.
18)" and "If the number of children is large, it may at times be suitable to plan the Mass so that it corresponds more closely to the needs of the children.
"Sometimes, moreover, if the place itself and the nature of the community permit, it will be appropriate to celebrate the liturgy of the word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant, room.
Then, before the Eucharistic liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own liturgy of the word." In later numbers this document makes other practical recommendations, such as "It may also be very helpful to give some task to the children.
" The question turns on what is meant by "no solemnity" after midnight on Holy or Maundy Thursday (Maundy is probably derived from the Latin antiphon "Mandatum Novum," or New Commandment, which was sung during the Washing of Feet).And More on Altars of Repose ROME, APRIL 6, 2005 (Zenit) - Answered by Father Edward Mc Namara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. At the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the children return to the church. 60, it says: "In the celebration of Mass, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are intimately connected to one another, and form one single act of worship. parishes there has been the practice of "Children's liturgies of the Word," when, after the opening rites, the young children leave to a church hall to have their own version of the Liturgy of the Word.Adults can in turn benefit spiritually from experiencing the part that the children have within the Christian community. Nevertheless, in Masses of this kind it is necessary to take great care that the children present do not feel neglected because of their inability to participate or to understand what happens and what is proclaimed in the celebration.The Christian spirit of the family is greatly fostered when children take part in these Masses together with their parents and other family members. Some account should be taken of their presence: for example, by speaking to them directly in the introductory comments (as at the beginning and the end of Mass) and at some point in the homily."Also where there are small parishes with only one priest, it is recommended that such parishes should assemble, as far as possible, in a principal church and there participate in the celebrations.