Secrets of the Adoration Chapel
By Charla Misse
I was exceedingly blessed to have been able to serve as a Faith Lessons teacher at my son’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer.
We invited each group of children (grouped by grade from PK3 to 5) to meet in the grassy area just outside the adoration chapel for their faith lesson on the second day of VBS.
After speaking with them about the “Secrets of the Adoration Chapel,” the children were so enthusiastic to enter, they were practically crowding over me. It was astounding!
The children knew they were to be respectful and quiet, genuflecting before finding a seat where they could gaze upon our Lord and choose to speak internally with him or write/draw in a small journal to keep.
While I wasn’t sure the children would be excited about sitting quietly during their summer break, I was amazed and deeply touched to witness that this might have been the most enriching and special experience of their week.
Some children have even asked their parents to bring them back… regularly. And, some counselors have later grabbed me to say how they had been touched by the experience as well.
Interestingly enough, it was because of the adoration chapel that I came to find myself accepting this invitation after much prayerful consideration. While I might have had various causes for hesitation, once I realized that if just one heart was touched by the effort I made for him, then it would be a worthy pursuit.
I thank you, Lord, for allowing me to be your instrument. I am humbled by your presence in my life.
In gratitude to our Lord for this experience, I would like to share with you the “Secrets of the Adoration Chapel” inspired by the Holy Spirit and created for our children:
- The Body of Jesus, the Eucharist, is held in the monstrance.
- He is waiting for you.
- You can visit him anytime.
- You can tell him anything.
- You can praise him, thank him, love him, ask him, listen to him or simply be with him.
- Our Mother Mary is always beside Jesus adoring him with us.
- Jesus is always happy to see you.