Thousands of Youngsters to Offer Mary a Golden Rose

9th Children’s Holy Hour Slated for October

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota, SEPT. 27, 2011 ( Thousands of children will gather at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., next month to offer Our Lady a «Golden Rose» and to pray before the Holy Eucharist.

The youngsters will represent children from 140 nations who will participate Oct. 7 in the 9th annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour, which will be broadcast live around the world on Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), and translated for Spanish-speaking countries.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans will preside at the main event in the basilica, which is co-sponsored by Children of the Eucharist, the children’s program of the World Apostolate of Fatima, and the Holy Childhood Association.

According to a press statement sent to ZENIT, the «Holy Hour unites children around the world before the Blessed Sacrament to console the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and to pray for the families of the world, a mission entrusted to them by Blessed John Paul II in his Christmas Letter to the World’s Children, in 1994, at the close of the International Year of the Family.»

A growing number of dioceses, parishes and schools on every continent are participating in the event every year, according to Connie Schneider, founder and international chairwoman.

She added, «This global Holy Hour gathers our children before the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to console him, as requested by the Angel of Peace at Fatima, and to pray for our own families and the families of the world.» 

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