A makeshift altar was set up in front of the sanctuary, in the nave of the Cathedral, on a raised platform.Yep, we can tell.
Ah yes. A children's liturgy. You can tell by how cheap and idiotic everything looks. 'Cause you know, children are stupid and can't grasp or appreciate things like Palestrina. Give the kids a balloon and a rickety folding table but whatever you do, don't make it look or sound like something serious or real.
Bishop John Arnold, who reminded the children during his homily that God was all around them and inside each of them.
He demonstrated this by inviting them all to breathe in and out, saying that God was in each breath.
Children were invited to write a word on a paper brick which represented what they would like to change about the future.
One child said "family" another said "hope" and another "trust" and another "justice" [No coaching on these from teachers, of course]. The bricks were used by the children to build a wall before the altar, which was designed to symbolise the foundations their faith provides for the building of their future and the future of the world.
When I was a kid, I was always deeply offended at the sight of anything that looked like adults "dumbing" down the world for me. I took exception every time we went out to eat and I was offered the kiddies' menu. I could never understand the need for "children's" versions of dictionaries or cook books.