MANILA, March 27, 2014 – This summer, a Marikina parish youth ministry offers the ultimate de-stresser for young people, a special Lenten Eucharistic adoration on April 14 that will be more than just a good dose of silence and keeping still.
“Through [the Oremus: Lenten Eucharistic Adoration] young people are invited to spend time alone with Jesus in His real, physical form and bring to Him all cares, prayers, hopes and thoughts,” said Juan Paolo Nebres, Parish Youth Chairman of Our Lady of the Abandoned (OLA) parish, Marikina, in an interview.
Describing the experience as guaranteed to have a “profound effect” on attendees, Nebres said, the event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the OLA parish, is also designed to give young people “a spiritual experience at the start of the Holy Week.”
Inspired by the Don Bosco Days With The Lord Movement’s Grand Eucharistic Adoration (GEA), which was held last January 12, the Eucharistic Adoration will also feature a short inspirational talk on what it means to pray.
According to Nebres, the Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) expects around 200 people to attend the event, which borrows its theme from Psalm 95, “Come, let us bow down and worship.”
Similar to the GEA, the Lenten Eucharistic Adoration program will make use of creative and visual elements to facilitate deeper reflection and prayer.
In the future, the PYM aims to organize a Eucharistic Adoration every Holy Monday, especially for the youth.
“We aim to draw closer every young person to Jesus and then, to bring that presence of Christ to our needy world,” Nebres added.
He also cited Blessed Mother Teresa’s words on the power of Eucharistic adoration: “The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.” (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)