The eleventh annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis. Zenit News Agency reported on Monday that Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington D.C. will lead the event which will be broadcast live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C at 10:00 AM, EST to more than 140 nations. Spanish translation will be provided.
Thousands of school age children are expected to participate and millions more world wide will join in the International Holy Hour events.
The Holy Hour unites children everywhere before the Blessed Sacrament as they pray for the families of the world. This is a mission entrusted to them by Pope John Paul II at the close of the International Year of the Family.
The belief in the Blessed Sacrament is based on the words of Jesus himself. "I am the Bread Of Life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger." The Catholic Church has always taught that Jesus nourishes our faith with the Eucharist by being present to us in the bread and the wine which are consecrated by the priest, (through the power of the Holy Spirit). When in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament we are in the presence of Jesus Christ who hears our prayers and guides us.