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Following the guidelines from the “Directory for Masses With Children” this Mass
plan was created to help teachers guide their students in creating a liturgy for a
school Mass. Recognizing that every school and Liturgy is unique, you and your stu-
dents may wish to amend these Mass plans. An important goal is that each of your
students feels involved in the planning and celebration of the liturgy so that they
may grow in their understanding and appreciation of the Mass
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS MASS PLANS
Theme: The Gift of Christmas
If this is a “Parish” Mass you might want to ask your head Christmas is more than the feast of Christʼs birth - itʼs the
usher, a few weeks in advance, if your students can act feast of the birth of every person, in every part of the
as ushers; seating the congregation and performing the world. Itʼs a celebration of the birth of each one of us
duties at collection time, etc. here tonight. We celebrate that, like Jesus, each of us is
a child of God. Every person born on this earth is loved
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING SYMBOLIC GIFT BOXES and cherished by God and when we are born we become
a member of the human family just like Jesus did so many,
Decide how many students you want to include in the many years ago.
Entrance Procession and make that many “gift” boxes.
Gift wrap empty gift boxes with Christmas wrapping and __________________(Student)
have your students design “large” readable labels for Christmas is a special time of peace and joy. As we
each box. Label each box with a word that symbolizes exchange gifts with those we love we think of the special
a special gift that God has blessed us with. For example: gifts that God has given each of us. The gifts of love,
love, patience, joy, caring, hope, peace, compassion, forgiveness...and the most
peace, hope, gentleness, important of all Godʼs gifts to us... Jesus.
sharing, trust, kindness, jus-
tice, honesty, loyalty, etc. _________________(Student)
Jesus is a special gift that God gave to all of us the ﬁrst
Gift wrap 3 “special” gifts Christmas. Jesus teaches us how to live our lives choosing
labeled: compassion, gen- to use Godʼs gifts for the good of all. We come together
erosity, and thankfulness, to to thank God, as Jesus taught us, and to praise him and
bring up to the altar during show him that we are grateful for all the gifts he has given
the Preparation of the Altar. us.
INTRODUCTORY RITES __________________(Student)
WELCOME/INTRODUCTION Thatʼs our reﬂection and our prayer for this Mass at
Christmas time. May we all be touched by the love and
Assign students to act as Mary, Joseph, Head Angel, simplicity of God as we pray and celebrate this feast to-
Shepherds, and Choir of Angels. Have your students gether. May we recognize the special gifts that God has
provide their own costumes. You will need a small manger blessed each of us with. The gifts of love and hope, trust
and a Baby Jesus (doll) wrapped in white cloth. and compassion.
Welcome to our Christmas Liturgy hosted by “_________“ In our entrance procession we will bring to the altar sym-
Everyone is excited that Christmas has ﬁnally arrived. The bols of the many gifts that God has blessed us with. All
four weeks of Advent are over and we have all prepared these gifts from God are so special and
ourselves for this day, remembering and celebrating that, they are the gifts we treasure the most this
over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born. Behind all holiday season and always.
the hustle and bustle of the season is a wish of peace and Please stand now and join us in singing
goodwill among all people. our Gathering Song, Oh Come All Ye
GATHERING SONG: LITURGY OF THE WORD
Oh Come All Ye Faithful by John Francis Wade/1760 First Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7
ENTRANCE PROCESSION ________________(Student)
• Cross Christmas is like a light: the brightness of God in our
• Students carrying the labeled gift boxes. Teacher or world. It is the celebration that God is very close to his
Students place the “gifts” at the foot of the altar or at people. The First Reading is from a book of the Bible
the base of the Nativity Scene. called Isaiah. Isaiah was a holy man who told people
• Students (in costume) participating in the Dramatic about God. Listen to what he says about Jesus many
Reading of the Gospel years before Jesus was born.
• Lectionary carried by student proclaiming the First A reading from the Book of Isaiah. Chapter 9, verses 1
Reading through 7.
• Altar Servers
• Presider(s) ________________(Student)
“People who were walking in the dark saw a bright
GREETING light. A light came to them to brighten their dark land.
Presider You have made them very happy. They will never be sad
again. They will dance as they always do at harvest time.
PENITENTIAL RITE No one will have to do hard things any more. A child is
born. A son is given to us. He will be wonderful. He will
_______________(Presider or Student) be a hero. His name will be Prince of Peace. He will tell
As we prepare to celebrate the gift of Our Lord, Jesus us what to do and we will ﬁnd peace.”
Christ, we call to mind the ways in which we have not
followed his teachings in our own words and actions. This is the Word of the Lord
All: Thanks be to God
Lord, Jesus, You are Lord of Life and Prince of Peace.
Forgive us for the times we do not value the gifts you
have given us.
Lord, have mercy
All: Lord, have mercy
Christ, Jesus, You come with peace and goodwill for all
your people. Forgive us when we do not treat others with
Christ, have mercy
All: Christ, have mercy
Lord, Jesus, you are brother and friend to all of us.
We ask forgiveness for the times we have disappointed
you by not forgiving those who have hurt us. RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Lord, have mercy Go Tell It on the Mountain by John W. Work, Jr./1907
All: Lord, have mercy
OPENING PRAYER Our Responsorial Psalm is a song of praise, joy, and
thanks because God has been so good to us and sent his
_________________(Presider or Student) Son, Jesus to live among us. Please join us in singing our
Dear God, We are ﬁlled with great joy just as the angels Responsorial Psalm, “Go, Tell It.”
were when they proclaimed the good news of the Christ
Childʼs birth. May the Christmas feast we are prepared Student or Choir will lead the Response and Verses.
to celebrate with family and friends bring great joy to our Sing: “ Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills.....”
hearts. We pray that each person here ﬁnds the fullness
of your love in your son, Jesus, during the Christmas sea-
son. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Please be seated for the First Reading. Sung Alleluia
Dramatic Reading/Luke 2:1-20
________________ (Student at lectern) (Mary may lay the Baby Jesus in the Manger or continue
Please be seated for a dramatic reading based on the to cradle him)
Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2 verses 1 through 20
At that time, there were shepherds in the ﬁelds watching
(Introduction Speaker will wait as a student brings out over their sheep during the night.”
the Manger with the swaddled Baby Jesus hidden inside.
Center the Manger in front of the altar with enough room (Narrator waits for Shepherds and Angels to come to the
for Mary and Joseph to stand behind it.) altar. Angels stand to the left of the Manger and Shep-
herds stand to the right. The Head Angel stands facing
We listen to the story, we know it so well, of the birth of the Shepherds. The Narrator continues...)
Jesus Christ. We recognize the simple and really human
way in which God became man. “An angel of God appeared to them, And the shepherds
were frightened. The angel said to them.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
“Do not be afraid. I have come to bring you good news,
news of great joy to be shared by all the people. Today,
in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior has been born for you,
Christ the Lord! And this will be the sign for you: You will
ﬁnd a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a
(Head Angel moves behind Mary & Joseph and the Nar-
“Suddenly, all the angels of heaven were praising God
_________________(Choir of Angels)
“Glory to God in heaven, and peace to all people on
(As the Narrator begins speaking, have Mary and Joseph (The Narrator continues)
walk up the center aisle from the back of the church and
stand behind the Manger on the altar.) “The shepherds said to one another,”
_________________(Narrator) (Presider or Student) _________________(Shepherds)
“When Caesar Augustus, the ruler of Rome, passed a “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this wonderful
law that everyone in the world should be enrolled, all thing God has told us about.”
the people went to the town where they were born to
be registered. Joseph and Mary went from the town of (The Shepherds move in front
Nazareth to the City of David, which is called Bethlehem, of Mary, Joseph, and the Baby
because Joseph was born in the family of David.” Jesus and kneel. The Angels
divide and stand on both sides
(Narrator waits until Mary and Joseph are in position on of the Head Angel. The Nar-
the altar and then continues) rator continues...)
“While they were there, the time came for Maryʼs child to “They hurried to Bethlehem,
be born, and she gave birth to her ﬁrst-born son.” and found Mary and Joseph,
and saw the baby lying in the
(Mary picks up the Baby Jesus manger. When they saw the
from the manger and lovingly child, they repeated what the
cradles him in her arms. The angel had said about him.
Narrator continues) Everyone who heard it was
amazed at what the shepherds told them. And Mary
“She wrapped him in swaddling thought about all these things and kept them in her heart.
clothes and laid him in a man- The shepherds went back to their ﬁelds, thanking and
ger, because there was no room praising God for all they had heard and seen.
for them in the inn.
(Shepherds leave the altar and return to their seats)
This is the Good News of the Lord. All: “Lord, hear our prayer”
All: Praise to you, Lord, Jesus Christ
______________(Presider or Student)
(Mary/Joseph/Angels/Narrator come off the altar, turn Be with us, Lord, as we remember the birth of Jesus; we
to face the altar, bow respectfully, then return to their thank you for coming among us as a man, showing us
seats) the way to use the many gifts that you have given us. Let
us be bearers of your peace these days, so that we may
HOMILY know that you are a God of Love.
Presider We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Presider will invite the students reading the intercessions Presider invites the students preparing the altar to come
to come forward forward and those bringing up the gifts go to the back of
________________(Presider or Student)
God, Giver of All Gifts, We know that you always listen PREPARATION OF THE TABLE
to our prayers. This Christmas season we pray for our (Students or Altar Servers)
own needs and for those of all your people. Altar Cloth, Corporal, Chalice, Puriﬁcator, Sacramentary
Our response will be “Lord, hear our prayer”
____________________ Quiet Background Music
God of Love, We pray SYMBOLIC GIFTS BROUGHT TO ALTAR
for peace and for justice (While the Altar is being prepared, have your readers at
in our country and our the lectern explaining the symbolic gifts that are brought
world. We pray that the up the aisle to the altar from the back of the church.
war in Iraq will soon be Place these gifts at the foot of the altar or at the Nativity
We pray to the Lord
All: “Lord, hear our _________________(Student)
prayer” Along with the bread and wine for Eucharist we bring to
the altar symbols of some of the gifts God has given us.
________________(Student) We bring to the altar the gift of compassion.
God of Compassion, We pray that you will bless the work
of those grown-ups who have so many important things to (wait until the gift bearer arrives at the altar and sets the
do. We pray for our Pope, our President, our Bishop and gift down)
for all our parents.
We pray to the Lord Jesus teaches us that without compassion the world would
All:“Lord, hear our prayer” be a hard and lonely place. Being compassionate helps
us to be understanding of others and ourselves.
God of Justice, We pray for all those who are hungry and ________________(Student carrying the “gift of compas-
sleeping outside this Christmas. Help us to share your love sion”)
We pray to the Lord _______________(Student)
All: “Lord, hear our prayer” We bring to the altar the gift of generosity.
________________(Student) (wait until the gift bearer arrives at
Generous God, We pray that we will always be thank- the altar and sets the gift down)
ful for the many gifts you have given us and that we will
choose to use these gifts for the good of all. Generosity is giving and sharing. It
We pray to the Lord is giving freely because you want
All: “Lord, hear our prayer” to, not with the idea of receiving
a reward or a gift in return. Jesus
_______________(Student) teaches us that when we give freely,
Healing God, We pray for the sick in our community. especially if a sacriﬁce is involved,
Help them to feel your healing presence. We pray, too, our spirit grows strong.
for all those who have died. Teach us to be comforters of
one another. _______________(Student carrying the “gift of generos-
We pray to the Lord ity”)
______________(Student) CONCLUDING RITE
We bring to the altar the gift of thankfulness. CLOSING PRAYER
(wait until the gift bearer arrives at the altar and set the __________________(Presider or Student)
gift down) God, Giver of All Gifts, we love you. This Christmas may
we set an extra place at the table as we remember the
Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. It is be- hungry, the poor. May we wrap an extra gift as we re-
ing aware of the gifts in your life. We come together to member the lonely, the confused. May we give an extra
thank God and to show our appreciation for all the little hug as an expression of love to those around us and may
things which happen around us and within us everyday. we take some extra time this Christmas, to sit quietly, so
that we might remember all the blessings weʼve received
_________________(Student carrying the “gift of thank- from you - the beautiful gifts of life and grace. We ask this
fulness”) through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen
GIFT BEARERS BLESSING AND DISMISSAL
(Mary/Joseph/Head Angel) Presider
GOING FORTH SONG
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS Joy to the World by Isaac Watts/Lowell Mason
Father, you are so kind to your children. You gave us the Please join us in singing our Going Forth Song Joy to the
gift of life. You gave us Jesus as our light when he came World.
to earth and was born in Bethlehem. Now, bless these
gifts of bread and wine that Jesus may come to us again
in them. Amen
Holy Holy (Sung)
Memorial Acclamation (Sung)
Great Amen (Sung)
Sign Of Peace
Lamb Of God (Sung)
Communion Songs (Suggestions)
1. Silent Night by Josef Mohr/Franz Gruber
2. O Little Town of Bethlehem by Phillips Brooks/Lewis
3. Away in a Manger by John McFarland/James Murray