On this page, we will cover starting adoration for children and then adoration for youth.
Get your parish or school involved! This is a great opportunity to deepen the devotion of your parish school children to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Jesus is waiting for and says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Mt 19:14
Eucharistic Adoration for children is growing and we need more in parishes and schools. Many parish adoration chapels and some schools offer a holy hour for children on a weekly, regular or occasional basis.
Please consider these options:
- Arrange an adult and children holy hour (schedule/program)
- Encourage teachers to bring all of their students to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for a regular or monthly holy hour
- Encourage parents to bring their children to their holy hour
- This can be combined with Rosary devotions
- Pastors and schools are encouraged to have a monthly holy hour assembly for the entire student body
Where and if applicable, follow diocesan, government, parish, board and school policies for screening school visitors or volunteers working with children.
We invite and encourage all dioceses, parishes, school boards and schools to start providing Eucharistic Adoration for children in parishes and schools.
Any size of group is fine and it can be kept simple. Just bring children to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on a regular basis and He will bless you and them with His loving Real Presence.
Children of Hope:
God speaks about the importance of children through his Word. To help you to connect with God’s heart for bringing children to Eucharistic Adoration, below is list of Bible verses that speak to children as a blessing in our lives and to how God asks us to relate to and regard children.
The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.” — Matthew 18:1-5
The Little Children and Jesus
People were bringing little children to Jesus for Him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And He took the children in his arms, placed His hands on them and blessed them. — Mark 10:13-16
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.— Matthew 19:13-14
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” — Luke 18:15-17
Psalms and Proverbs
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. — Psalm 127:3-5
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. — Proverbs 13:24
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. — Proverbs 17:6
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father in heaven.” — Matthew 18:10
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside Him. Then He said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” — Luke 9:46-47 (also Mark 9:35-37)
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. — James 1:27
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. — John 16:21
ADORATION FOR YOUTH
We are all called to be Eucharistic Adorers!
We invite and encourage teens, youth, youth groups, young adults, youth and campus ministers, diocesan offices of Catholic youth, parishes, secondary schools, college and university campus ministers and chaplaincies to promote, start and participate in Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as a regular or weekly event at youth groups, meetings, and other opportunities for prayer times.
Where and if applicable, follow diocesan, government, parish, board and school policies for screening school visitors or volunteers working with youth.
Youth are adoring Jesus in dioceses in Canada and worldwide. World Youth Days and pilgrimages to Marian Apparition Sites include times of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with huge numbers of young people.
In 2017, we emailed diocesan youth ministry offices in Canada encouraging them to start adoration for youth.
This is a sample of a parish that has a Holy Hour for Children and Youth ages 4 – teens on Saturday mornings from 10am – 11am excepting long weekends:
“Jesus Time Toronto” youth group/ministry meets regularly for Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration with praise and worship music. For example, they meet at Sts. Peter and Paul Church on a Sunday afternoon at 3pm and there have been 358 youth and young adult participants. Here is the Facebook page and their Youtube video:
“Youth 2000″ is an international movement of youth was established in response to the challenge of Pope St. John Paul II. Their mission is to draw young people, through Our Mother Mary, to a deep and lasting union with Jesus Christ, especially in the Eucharist, the “source and summit of Christian life”:
A Canadian chapter of Youth 2000 has not been set up yet. Are there any Canadians who may be called to do so? Otherwise, simply do the above in your own life and community.
Adoration in Parishes or Schools
Make arrangements to have some adoration for a small group, class or school assembly, to take place perhaps at your parish, or in your school chapel, gym or auditorium.
Those students that may not be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion at school Masses can adore. At this time, the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation could also be offered by a priest(s) in accordance with Canon Law. Students that are or become devoted to frequenting the Sacraments for monthly, weekly or regular Confession to remain in, or grow in, the state of grace of soul, or who want to return to the Sacraments, can be eternally grateful for this opportunity to receive God’s mercy.
A photo of Adoration taking place in a Catholic school in Canada: