New series brings Jesus to kids

Ten episodes of the digital liturgical resource for children have been filmed (Melbourne Archdiocese)

Melbourne Archdiocese is encouraging families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday Gospels in its new weekly video series, Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Created by Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal in the Melbourne Archdiocese, the 15-minute episodes are aimed at children, with two presenters from within the archdiocese hosting each episode.

The presenters go through the Liturgy of the Word and explain the Gospel reading simply and in a way a child could relate to. Each episode contains segments of animation, prayer, music and times when the parent is encouraged to pause and discuss a question with their child, such as “What is the Kingdom of God?”

“One of our aims is to promote God-talk in the viewer’s own house,” says Jacqui Giuliano, series writer and formation specialist in the Proclaim Office at the Archdiocese.

For several months there had been discussion of creating a digital liturgical resource for children.

Pat Sully, also from the Proclaim Office, said the office had requests to create “something intentional for kids around liturgy”, while Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli asked a similar question.

“Given that watching a virtual Mass is not terribly engaging for children, he asked us how we might supplement that?” Ms Giuliano said.

The Proclaim Office was commissioned to make a pilot and was given an order of 10 episodes. Ms Giuliano wrote the format and script of each episode. Mr Sully sent presenters instructions on how to film and send the files back.

“Working within the structure of the Liturgy of the Word has been helpful,” Mr Sully said. “Catholics are familiar with the format. And online, we have opportunities to be creative with things like animation and activities the kids can do in response to the reflection on the word.”

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Ready, Set, Pray! Children's Liturgy of the Word (Melbourne Catholic)

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