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Q. Should a reenactment of the Nativity story be included during a Christmas Mass?
“The Mass is not an historical reenactment of the events of salvation history and care should be taken not to give the impression that the liturgy of the Word is a play. This is not to say that dramatic elements may not be used, e.g., the readings may at times be divided into parts distributed among the children (Directory for Masses with Children #47); however, the use of costumes, etc., is more appropriate in the context of other celebrations or services. Care should be taken especially at Christmas and during Holy Week and the Easter Triduum not to stage the various liturgies as plays. The Christmas Mass should not be presented as a birthday party for Jesus, nor should secular notions of Santa Claus be introduced into the Christmas liturgy. (Lectionary Masses for Children #52)
Q. May the parish offer early Masses on Christmas Eve for the children?
Q. Can the Lectionary for Masses with Children be used at the Children’s Christmas Mass?
A. The readings from the Lectionary for Masses with Children may only be used when the Liturgy of the Word with the children is held in a place apart from the main assembly.
Q. If the parish is offering a Children’s Liturgy of the Word in a separate place apart from the Church, which readings should be used?
Q. What is the earliest time for a Christmas Eve Mass to begin?
Q. What is the correct posture during the words of incarnation in the Creed?