The Gathering Rite – Increasing your child’s participation at Mass

We continue our “mini-series” fostering active participation with our children at Mass. When you enter the gathering space, find a seat where your child can see what is going on at Mass.

The Gathering Rite .  Singing calls us to worship. After the song number is announced, share the song book with your child, and sing together.   Have you ever thought of carrying the cross for the entrance procession?  Stop by the sacristy before Mass, and volunteer to carry the cross. Your child can accompany you in the entrance procession.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross, reminding us of our Baptism in the mystery of the dying and rising of Christ.  Continue to “practice” with your child the Sign of the Cross.  At the baptismal pool, during the Mass, at the beginning of the day, or at the end, the Sign of the Cross reaffirms Jesus’ promise, “I am with you always!”   [Matthew 28:20]

Penitential Rite invites us to reflect on living  the Christian life.  We come together as a faith community ever mindful of our need for forgiveness. Encourage your child to respond…Lord have mercy…Christ have mercy…Lord have mercy.  Each time we respond, we are reminded of God’s loving forgiveness.  “May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to ever lasting life.

The Gloria is the song of praise to our God.  If there is a worship aid in the pew, help your child pray the words to The Gloria.

The Gathering Rite concludes with the Opening Prayer, also called the Collect – The priest intones “Let us Pray.”  For a few moments we pause to pray.  The priest collects and gives all of our prayers to God.  Invite your child to extend his/her arms, a gesture that our hands are outstretched in prayer. Amen!

Next week we focus our attention on the LITURGY OF THE WORD.

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