OHOF Ministry desires that a fruit of our prayer time together will be an enlivened Sacramental life for our young people. Our relationship with Jesus through prayer draws us to Jesus more everywhere. We become more aware of His presence - in the people and places and events that manifest Him in our everyday world and ultimately to the Sacraments which are explicit expressions of God’s heart for us. We desire young people be drawn to Mass and engage Jesus’ heart and word there, as well as in the Sacrament of Penance as a tangible need of God’s continual love, forgiveness and healing. If our relationship with Jesus is real and personal, then our Sacramental life will not be a mere obligation, but a passion. With the mind of the church, we believe that Eucharistic Adoration helps deepen our Sacramental life and fosters a greater union with God and others.
Pope Benedict XVI
"The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself. Indeed, "only in adoration can a profound and genuine reception mature. And it is precisely this personal encounter with the Lord that then strengthens the social mission contained in the Eucharist, which seeks to break down not only the walls that separate the Lord and ourselves, but also and especially the walls that separate us from one another." (66)
"With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the practice of Eucharistic Adoration, both individually and in community. Great benefit would ensue from a suitable catechesis explaining the importance of this act of worship, which enables the faithful to experience the liturgical celebration more fully and more fruitfully. Wherever possible, it would be appropriate, especially in densely populated areas, to set aside specific churches or oratories for perpetual adoration. I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist." (67)
If possible, it is important for any OHOF prayer group to spend time in Eucharistic Adoration together at least four times a year. Once a month is preferable. This can be done in several ways:
We can simply bring the children into the Adoration chapel and sit in silence. Just as in teaching them in ways of praying with scripture, meditation and contemplation, it is important to be patient with wiggles. For those who are not exposed to much quiet time in their day, this could be uncomfortable. It is good to plan a 10 minute visit the first time. Encourage the children to imagine they are sitting with Jesus, Mary, the Father, the Holy Spirit or a saint they feel close to. Ask them to imagine they are simply resting together. They may also bring their journal with them, but encourage them first to try to rest with the Trinity. Increase the time spent in the chapel based on the childrens' response.
Our role as leaders during this time is to intercede for them. When they wiggle, even through our own discomfort, pray for the Holy Spirit to rest upon them.
If there is a priest or deacon available to expose and repose the Blessed Sacrament, this is a beautiful experience for the children and adults. You can allot any amount of time for this in your prayer group.
* Have the groups visit the Blessed Sacrament at different times in silence similar to the visit to the
* Have the entire group spend their entire prayer group time together in Adoration. Follow the
similar format of a regular prayer group:
3. Worship leader lead the the children through scripture, meditation, contemplation, resting in
4. The children can also write a letter to Jesus, place it in a basket that is in front of the altar, and
kneel before Jesus and have a heart to heart conversation.
5. Tantum Ergo/Benediction/Divine Praises
Contact OHOF ministries for more info or resources on Adoration with children