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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Rubrics for Toddlers: Section 1 Introductory Rites

Selections from a document I found hidden in a diaper bag at Church. . . . .

49. When they reach the sanctuary, the priest, the deacon, and the ministers reverence the altar with a profound bow.

The Toddler should bow and crawl under the pew immediately in front of them to determine if any food was left at the prior Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

51. Then the priest invites those present to take part in the Act of Penitence, which, after a brief pause for silence, the entire community carries out through a formula of general confession. The rite concludes with the priest's absolution, which, however, lacks the efficacy of the Sacrament of Penance.

As a sign of true sorrow for having been caught under the pew eating stale dry cereal the Toddler should now throw himself or herself on the floor, kicking, wailing and gnashing teeth.

The Collect

54. Next the priest invites the people to pray. All, together with the priest, observe a brief silence so that they may be conscious of the fact that they are in God's presence and may formulate their petitions mentally. . . . . . .

Lest the joy and beauty of a Toddler be forgotten let your voice be raised to the heavens in a song unrelated. This helps direct the intention of the congregation in prayer to pray for the Toddler directly.
. . . . . . . .

The people, uniting themselves to this entreaty, make the prayer their own with the acclamation Amen.

The Toddler should wait until all others have said Amen and then exclaim rather loudly, Amen!

There is always only one collect used in a Mass.

The use of one collect at Mass does not preclude Amen from being recited multiple times, loudly, by the Toddler

Under the Mercy,

Matthew S


Therese said...

lol. Christopher (age two) likes to say amen really loudly.

cjmr said...

Too true.

This was hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Have you been following me to mass? Although, "Amen" is by no means the worst thing a toddler can say during mass.

Heidi Hess Saxton said...

We laugh because we've been there ... thanks for the memory!

My "proud mama" moment came a week after we got three foster kids (two of them are now ours), and when we took them up for a blessing one of them punched Father in the midsection.

"Anonymous" is right ... Amen is by no means the worst thing you can say during Mass! Blessings, under the Mercy,

Matthew S said...

Yes, yes I am well aware of what Toddlers can say during Mass and I have had some say much much much much (repeat to near infinity) worse but I was trying to develop what they could do as a standard to be cute. thanks for all the cheery comments.

Under the Mercy,
Matthew S

Domenico Bettinelli said...

More, more! We need the rest of the "TIRM".

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