In a previous post, I shared how my family began a commitment to a weekly holy hour a few years ago.
Has the Holy Spirit nudged you yet?
In that post, I mentioned one tool that our family Holy Hour can’t do without is our adoration bag. Every family’s adoration bag will be different, as each family is unique and has differing needs. It is also possible that your adoration bag contents will change throughout the year, possibly following the liturgical seasons. However, there are a few staple items that I keep in our family adoration bag.
- The Catholic Children’s Bible: This is my absolute favorite Bible for kids capable of reading. It offers ample text features to enhance comprehension and engages children to think more deeply about the words of Scripture through life experiences.
- Color the Gospel :A Catholic Coloring Book Devotional: I have one child that connects best to God through artistic expression. This has been a game changer for her. It allows my daughter to pray and meditate on Scripture while coloring. At the end of our time in Adoration, you will frequently find the page she completed torn out and placed in front of the Eucharistic Altar—her offering to Jesus.
- My Little Church Magnet Book Playset: Wee Believers offers this amazing toy to aid in teaching children about the Mass and the layout of a church. It even includes an instructional pamphlet for adults to help you identify the proper names for the various liturgical items. My toddlers love to take this out during Adoration and play. Keeping tiny hands busy helps keep little voices quiet.
- The Saving Name of God the Sonby Jean Ann Sharpe: I always keep at least one board book in the bag. This one is a favorite that combines Scripture with beautiful artwork to teach little ones (and adults) who Jesus Christ is.
- Holy Heroes Matching Game: We never make it through a holy hour without at least one game of Memory: Saints Edition. While playing I use this as an opportunity to tell the kids stories about the saints included in the game. We also pray a Litany of Saints as we make the matches.
- Personal Journals: Kids use these to write letters to Jesus and draw pictures to Jesus if they aren’t able to write yet.
- A box of Crayons
These are my current bag staples, and I am always on the lookout for new ones. What would you put in your family adoration bag?