My idea of a school Mass (here at the London Oratory)
Fr Gary Dickson has posted on the new translation of the Eucharistic Prayers for Children. I got the same advertising blurb and was going to post but the moment slipped me by. Fortunately, Fr Dickson says more or less everything I wanted to say - as ever, in well reasoned and sensible tones.
I tried to use these prayers once or twice many years ago and found them very unhelpful and rather counter productive. The point of them, I presume, is to enable young children to take a more active part in the Mass (active in the sense of doing things, of course, not necessarily encouraging prayer, catechesis or understanding). These Eucharistic prayers would most often be used at Masses with the school and the sad truth is that the vast majority of children in nearly all our Catholic schools DO NOT EVER ATTEND MASS ON A SUNDAY. Taking the time to teach them these extra responses that are not part of the "normal" Mass is a complete waste of time. These children do not know the Confiteor, the Sanctus or Agnus, nor any of the shorter responses from Mass ("Lord I am not worthy" etc). Far better to use the time and effort teaching them these responses so that they can at least be familiar with he Mass they would experience if they happen to ever go to Mass outside a school organised one or as an adult. Then they would at least have more chance of being able to actually take part and not feel "left out" (as the modern mantra has it).
School Mass at the Chevangnes International College in France.