The Children of Hope movement was started in order to help children discover the mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist through Eucharistic Adoration, in such a way that they come to believe in God’s infinite love for each one of them. Led by the Brothers of Saint John, this introduction to contemplative prayer reveals to children the need to thank God the Father for the gift of His Son, particularly by coming often to adore the Blessed Sacrament.
Children of Hope leads thousands of children to Eucharistic Adoration across New Zealand and the United States, as well as in many other countries. The fruits of the movement are innumerable for the children, their families, their parishes and the schools that welcome us.
The children become more aware in faith of the Real Presence of Jesus hidden in the host. The experience of an encounter with Jesus present in the Eucharist helps the children better understand the Mass. They gain a better understanding of the relationship between the gift of the Eucharistic presence of Jesus and His sacrifice on the Cross out of His love for humanity. Many of the children discover Jesus as their best friend, even though He is invisible. Hence, just as spending time together is important for any friendship to grow, they understand that it is good to spend time with Jesus there where he is most substantially present: in the tabernacle.
Many adults, parents and catechists, when they see the children in prayer and adoration, realise just how essential it is to offer children regular times of silent prayer, even if those times are only short. Thus the children become signs of hope for the Church.