Adoration event aims to bridge Church-youth gap

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MAKATI City, Jan. 10, 2014—With a first successful event that saw thousands of youth praying in silence in a soccer field last year, the Grand Eucharistic Adoration (GEA) will be happening again this Saturday, January 11, to help bridge the gap between the traditional Church and young people.

‘Spiritually hungry’

“Young people are hungry for some spiritual experience. They are searching for God but they seem not to find him in the traditional places or encounter him in the traditional activities,” said Bro. Juvelan Samia, Salesian animator of the Don Bosco Days With the Lord, explaining the rationale behind the GEA that hopes to gather some 3,000 people for silent adoration at Magone and Savio Domes of Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati.

According to Samia, the Don Bosco Days With the Lord Movement, the main GEA organizer, “discovered” the event “which is both spiritually enriching and appealing to young people.”

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., people attending the GEA will encounter Jesus personally in silence, explained Samia, and at the same time, experience Him as a Church.

Finding answers in silence

According to Samia, this prayerful silence is key to answering the most pressing issues and questions of the young generation.

“We are all longing to answer our deepest existential questions, ‘Who am I? What is my purpose in life?’ We know that these questions are answered only in silence as we plunge into the very depths of ourselves,” he explained.

Often, Samia added, people are surprised to discover Jesus present in “that most sacred spot”.

According to Samia, the significance of GEA, which moved several young people, not just to tears, but to conversion and renewal last year, lies in the fact that it revolves around the Eucharistic worship of Jesus.

“[Jesus] is the answer to our deepest longings and most important question,” he added.

GEA registration fee is P20.00 per person. Walk-in registrants are welcomed. For more information, contact 0927-833-2992 or email grandadoration@gmail.com [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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