The Liturgy of the Word for Children has, as its name suggests, a threefold purpose. It is a time to:
- engage in the public, communal rituals of the Church (Liturgy)
- listen to, break open, and respond to the scriptures (Word)
- celebrate the word in a way that children may understand (Children).
It is expected that Children’s Liturgy of the Word will mirror the general structure and purpose of the Liturgy of the Word celebrated by the adult assembly, but with the proclamation and breaking open of the scriptures adapted to meet the developmental stage and abilities of children.
Consequently, it is not intended to be a Sunday school or scripture class. It is not a time for religious education or catechetical instruction. It is, furthermore, best suited to children of primary school age, who generally have the capacity to listen to, and gain some understanding, of God’s word.