Eucharistic Prayer for Masses
When may the Eucharistic Prayer for Masses with Children be used? Is it the decision of the priest celebrating
the mass or are there guidelines for this?
Concerning Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children, I would refer you to number 4 of the 1974 decree
of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Postquam de Precibus:
"Use of a Eucharistic Prayer for Masses with Children is restricted to Masses that are celebrated with
children alone or Masses at which the majority of the participants are children.
"A community of children means one so considered by the Directory for Masses with Children, that is, one
consisting of children who have not yet reached the age referred to as preadolescence."
Committee on the Liturgy
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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