KUCHING — The 17th Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour (WWCEHH) at Blessed Sacrament Church on 4 October began with a welcome and introduction at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto.
After lighting the Unity Candle, the procession, led by a cross bearer, followed by flower girls, bearers of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, altar servers, petition bearer, student presenter, rosary leaders and the congregation made their way to the entrance of the Church.
They were accompanied by the Rector, Fr Felix Au and the Sunday School teachers.
The glow from the lighted candles held by the people following the procession was a magnificent sight, made all the more spectacular by the sweet chorus of hymns coming from the children’s choir inside the church.
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima entered the Church and the Entrance hymn did not end until it was placed at the Sanctuary.
The annual event presented the intentions of WWCEHH which included the announcements:
• To repent for offences against God due to the sins of men and women.
• To pray for the families of the children present and all the families of the world.
• For the Holy Father, for his protection and the success of his mission on earth.
• For the intentions of the Holy Father.
• For the healing and renewal in the Church wounded by the scandals of clerical abuse.
• To pray for the intentions placed in the Petition Basket.
This was followed by the crowning of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima by girls in traditional costumes, with the prayer ‘SALVE, REGINA’ (Hail Holy Queen) and the theme song ‘We are the children of the World’, from the choir.
The recitation of the Rosary by five students dressed in colours representing the five continents of Africa, America, Europe, Oceania and Asia took place after the Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
To conclude the WWCEHH, Our Blessed Mother Mary was presented with five stalks of fresh Roses of different colours for each of the five continents, to the accompaniment of the final hymn ‘Praise Her with a Flower’.