I visited my aunt in hospital this morning and she has had
the operation to repair her hip this afternoon. She was quite
cheerful after a couple of difficult days since she had her fall.
The question raised was whether it is a "liturgical abuse".
I understand this to be about the important issue of whether
a liturgical law is being broken. To operate effectively I think
the Church needs laws for such situations, rather than individual
assessments of what irreverent.
The "Directory for Masses with Children" allows
changes in things like the Creed. But here is what it has for
this part of the Mass:
"D. Rites Before Communion
53. When the eucharistic prayer has ended, the Lord's Prayer,
the breaking of bread, and the invitation to communion should
always follow, because these elements have the principal significance
in the structure of this part of the Mass.
E. Communion and the Following Rites
54. Everything should be done so that the children who are
properly disposed and who have already been admitted to the eucharist
may go to the holy table calmly and with recollection and thus
take part fully in the eucharistic mystery. If possible, there
should be singing, suited to the children, during the communion
It makes no provision for children to come to the altar for
the Lord's Prayer. This could be changed. According to the Directory
for Masses with Children, n 33: "If, in accord with the
norm of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, [n. 21]
a conference of bishops adapts the gestures and postures at Mass
to the mentality of a people, it should take the special condition
of children into account or should decide on certain adaptions
that are for children only." But I am not aware of such
a change having been made by any country's Conference of Bishops.