Prayer of Adoration
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the youth to a form of prayer called adoration. The night will explore what it means to adore God for who He is and to have a time of actual Eucharistic Adoration.
About this night
As Catholics, when we hear “adoration,” we may automatically think about Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This is a beautiful form of prayer, but we may skip over other forms of adoration. Think about something that you adore: a child, a family member, etc. Adoration is a great love and respect for that thing or that person. Tonight will help the youth to understand how to adore God as we are commanded to do so – as the one true God. From this, a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will help them to be eye to eye with God and see Him as the one truly deserving of their love. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a specific time when Catholic can worship the Lord in the Eucharist outside of Mass. When we adore the Lord, we offer God the praise and honor that He deserves. In return, we are often given grace, strength, hope, and love that we need to walk through our lives.
This night will begin with a red carpet ceremony before an awards show. The room will be set up with a red carpet with “photographers and interviewers” interviewing the youth as they walk the red carpet. The opening game will be a fun way to involve all the youth and focus them on the theme of the night. They will be “dressing the guests” with newspaper, toilet paper, and clothes pins. Awards will be given to the best and worst dressed. The Proclaim will be the opportunity to help the youth understand what it means to adore Christ. During small groups, the youth will be given a time to discuss in small group and journal on the discussion questions. Invite the youth to bring their journal before the Lord. This is a beautiful time to pray and put into action the topic of the night.
This night is focused on the prayer of adoration. In our culture, it is very easy to find celebrities and sports stars that receive our adoration. We lavish our praise upon them and in a sense idolize them for their accomplishments and achievements. Our prayer of adoration tonight was to help us put God as number 1 in our lives. One very special way that we can adore Christ is through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Tonight we gave the youth an opportunity to sit before Jesus in the Eucharist and reflect on how they can place God as number 1 in their lives.
Here are a few discussions questions that you may want to discuss with your child:
- Why is it necessary to adore and worship God in our lives?
- What was your experience like tonight during Adoration?
The environment for this night will be set up like a red carpet event before a big awards show ceremony. To create the red carpet feel you will need to find something that resembles a red carpet. An inexpensive way to do this is by using red sheets or red cloth that can be found at any craft store. Depending on the size of your room will determine how much you may need. Have the red carpet roped off using black rope or something that would create separation from the red carpet and the surrounding area. Along the red carpet have lights and the press (Core Members) standing with cameras and microphones. You may encourage your Core Members to dress up for that evening as if they were attending an awards ceremony. The red carpet will end at the front of the room where there will need to be a small stage or a place for the youth minister to stand. To add to the environment you may want to include a life-size cut out of the Oscar award (the gold man) that is given out at the Academy Awards.
• Red carpet or fabric
• Handout A: “Adoration Journal”
• Monstrance for Adoration
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