Tonight our Secular Franciscan fraternity honored the 26 deceased members of our group. Usually we commemorate them at a special Mass, but that didn’t work out this year. Instead, our minister, who is a permanent deacon, arranged that he would conduct Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament so that we could have Adoration before our ceremony honoring our members.
I had to bring along Middle Sister and Little Brother, as TheDad and Big Brother had just left for a weekend Boy Scout camping trip (tent-camping in December, better them than me!)
It hadn’t occurred to me that Little Brother had never attended Adoration before. He looked a little confused when our deacon brought out the monstrance. He wanted to know what the “golden thing” was–was it a birthday present for Jesus?
He knows that when we go to Communion we receive the Body of Christ, so I told him that Deacon D would put the Body of Christ in the monstrance so we could all say some special prayers.
Little Brother can’t read too many words yet, but he insisted on opening his hymnal so he could ramble along while we sang “Tantum Ergo.”
All in all, it went better than I thought it would. Sometimes kids can handle more than we give them credit for.