The celebration of Children's Liturgy of the Word follows the same structure as the Liturgy of the Word for the entire assembly. In fact, it begins with the Introductory Rites, which are celebrated in the larger assembly, where the children are seated with their families. After Introductory Rites, the children wishing to participate in Children's Liturgy join the leader and proceed to their separate worship space. They return after the Prayer of the Faithful to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the entire community. It mirrors the worship experience of the larger parish community, with a style that is engaging and interactive. Jesus himself recognized that children have a pure spirituality, and he made them the primary spiritual model for all believers. Children's Liturgy of the Word is not formal religious education, nor is it intended to substitute for attendance at Faith Formation sessions. Rather, it should be considered a partner to Faith Formation. Both are important for a child's spiritual development, just as continuing faith formation and growth in spirituality are important to adults. The Word of God has a message that is as relevant and fitting for children as it is for adults. The children, however, often fail to hear the message simply because the adult vocabulary is beyond their comprehension. Children's Liturgy of the Word offers an experience for the children to hear Scripture in words they understand and to share their own understanding of God's Word. Celebrating Children's Liturgy in this way is an empowering experience, giving children a foundation for understanding and appreciating Scripture. Over several years, the children not only become comfortable with hearing and discussing God's Word but also gain an understanding of and appreciation for their liturgical heritage as Catholics.
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