Adoration with children

Adoration with children August 22, 2014

We are fortunate enough to have perpetual adoration at our parish.  In addition, some very devoted mothers have arranged a children’s adoration hour once a week.  During this time, parents with young children are encouraged to come to the adoration chapel, knowing that some additional noise and wiggling won’t be distracting, but rather expected.

One of the commitments that we will take on this school year will be a regular adoration slot during the children’s adoration hour.  It is only a twenty minute commitment, because three families commit to sharing the hour each week.  The chapel has a bookcase with children’s books, which I intend to allow and encourage my children to use during our adoration time.  At the end of our time, we’ll say a family prayer out loud and each offer something out loud to Jesus for which we are thankful.

I am really excited, and a bit apprehensive, about this commitment.  Primarily it will just be me with my 3 and 1 year old during adoration.  Potty breaks, poopy diapers, outbursts and other unpredictabilities are our norm.  I know, it is only twenty minutes, but if someone is late or forgets their time slot, our time could be longer, extending forty minutes or an hour before the next hourly adorer arrives.  I’ll take these concerns to prayer and trust the Lord to bless and make sufficient our small offering of time.  I am also prepared for the fact that I might feel distracted and less prayerful during our first few times adoring together.   Physicians give patients medicine that works even if they aren’t paying attention to its effects.  When I take time to visit the Divine Physician in the Blessed Sacrament with my children, I am going to trust that His medicine will be a blessing for us, even if I am not able to give Him my full attention in prayer.

Finally, as I embark on this commitment, if anyone has experience taking their kids to adoration regularly and has hints for making it a meaningful, happy time (especially for 1-3 year olds), I would love to hear about it.

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  • Annie

    That is so great that the Chapel has a bookshelf with children’s books. Last year, our moms’ group took turns watching all of the kids in the nursery while we each got to spend time in Adoration, but I love the idea of a Children’s hour!

  • Katrina

    Beautiful, Queen B, I am so impressed that you have made this commitment and I know that God will bless your time in wonderful and unexpected ways. My only advice is to it get discouraged if the first time is difficult – I’ve noticed that it usually takes my kids a little while to settle into a new setting/routine , but when we stuck with it, the results are beautiful!

  • Katrina

    Sorry, I meant “to not get discouraged” 🙂

  • Queen B

    Thanks, Katrina. Realistic expectations are key!

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    This is wonderful to have! Some of our more “stressful” family prayer experiences have involved me taking the boys somewhere where they needed to be completely silent. I think this is a fantastic opportunity. Instead of “shushing” them all the time, you can quietly answer their questions about adoration (what kind of jewels are on the monstrance? Is it real gold around? etc.) as well as offering your families prayer intentions!