Help Children Grow in Their Knowledge of the Holy Mass and How to Participate in It.
In this game, children are encouraged to recognize that the Mass has separate unique
parts, and specific phrases are spoken and prayed during each part. Using simple print, cut and play pieces, children can match-up the prayer phrases to the parts of the Mass.
As a class, individually or in teams, have the children match mass phrases to the
parts of the mass headings or use in any other way you want. You may want to have a
missal handy for children who need assistance.
The Holy Mass has four basic parts in its overall structure. They include two main
parts and two framing rites.
Introductory Rites (Greeting, Penitential Act, Gloria, Collect)
LITURGY of the WORD (Readings, Homily, Profession of Faith, Prayers of the Faithful)
LITURGY of the EUCHARIST (Preparation of Gifts, Eucharistic Prayer; Communion
Concluding Rites (Announcements, Blessing, Dismissal)
Many youngsters will not remember the formal names mentioned above, but they can
come to easily recognize and learn the different parts of the Mass they participate in
from a very basic and almost practical sense. By consciously assisting at Mass, their
participation is very real and substantial.
Age: Gr. 3+
Focus: Parts of the Mass
Theme: Matching prayer phrases to parts of the Holy Mass