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You and your team will be responsible for organizing the youth who will take part in the Entrance and Recessional Processions. They will process with the Lectionary, the Cross and a variety of Kites "flown" from poles.
It will be your task to assist the youth in learning to properly fly the kites and to choreograph their movement.
1. Encourage the youth to walk at least 10 feet apart. This distance should lessen the chances for entangling the kites.
2. The easiest way to fly the kites is in a wide "figure eight". Some youth prefer to fly them two or three circles in one direction and then reverse directions. Let the youth experiment - just watch so that the kites do not tangle on the poles.
3. If the youth are traveling in pairs in the some direction, one kite should lean to the right and the other to the left.
4. When two kites are traveling sown the same aisle in opposite direction, all youth should walk to the right, and tilt the kite to the right to avoid tangling with an oncoming kite.
5. When two kites become tangled, the youth should immediately lower their kites but continue walking until they get to the back side of the hall, allowing the procession to continue. Only then should they attempt to entangle the kites. (Note: if the students pull on the kites that are tangled they will rip.)
6. The kites should be held high over head since the assembly will be standing.
7. Please stress this safety factor with the youth: avoid the possibility of hitting anyone with the kites or the kite poles (especially in the face or head).
8. Tell the youth to watch for overhead obstacles as well, e.g. low ceilings, lights, etc.
9. Encourage youth to relax, smile and enjoy what they are doing during the practice. Their role is to gather the community and set a tone of festivity and celebration.
The kite procession should encircle and help gather the community. Therefore, I suggest that the youth begin in the back of the assembly hall, process to the front and then the youth should have enough time to repeat this same procession. The presider/celebrants should process at the end.
REGARDING THE RECESSIONAL
When the Presider/Celebrants begins the closing prayer, the youth should quietly walk to their kites. Once the closing song begins, let them recess! Simply reverse the pattern of the Entrance Procession allowing the procession to go down the aisles, up the aisles and out.
AFTER THE LITURGY
Please dismantle the kites after the Liturgy.
And finally, these instructions for a "creative" offertory:
Immediately after the Prayers of the Faithful, the music begins, and the presider will invite the gifts to be brought up to the altar. The youth should be instructed to move slowly and prayerfully, about ten feet apart, with the elements held high above their heads. If some of the youth have movement ability, encourage them to be creative as they process.