Silence in class

One of the most rewarding aspects of my ministry as a school chaplain has been to introduce students to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and silence. We underestimate the power of silent adoration, especially in schools.

I cannot take sole credit for introducing Adoration in our school – I am indebted to an RE teacher who has helped develop the practice with me. It is certainly been something which has borne fruit.

A pattern has been developed that works throughout the whole academic year. Our first session with each group is based in the classroom. The purpose of exposition is explained and the importance of the devotion to the Catholic tradition is explored. Students are prepared for what they will experience and they learn the names for various items such as the monstrance and humeral veil.

We have become increasingly aware that even those who have been in Catholic schools since they were four may have little concept of the Real Presence or the practice of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. This first session concludes with a very short time of Adoration in the school chapel.

Several weeks later the class will have the opportunity again, but this time it is for the length of the lesson. We give a brief introduction where we revise what was discussed before and then the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. This is repeated several times during the year for each class and has become popular with those taking part.

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