Children Invited to Fatima to Contemplate God

FATIMA, Portugal, JUNE 6, 2011 ( Children will be invited to contemplate God this week during the 2011 Children’s Pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

The two-day pilgrimage, which begins Thursday, has as its theme “Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I Adore You!”

Father Virgílio Antunes, the rector of the Fatima shrine and organizer of the Children’s Pilgrimage, said in a statement that the goal of the event is “to develop in children the attitude of adoring God, Most Holy Trinity.”

“For the believer,” he explained, “the attitude of adoration is the recognition of the transcendence of God; it is the acceptance of his mystery; the desire to profoundly honor and glorify him.”

During the pilgrimage, the children will have an opportunity to learn to contemplate God’s transcendence in the small and great things of life and of the world.

On June 9 they will visit the places of the Angel’s apparitions, make a floral offering to the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions and attend a celebration, entitled “With the Angel, We Adore the Lord,” in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.

On June 10, a national holiday in Portugal, the two main events will be titled “All of Creation Praises the Lord” and “Your Are My Treasure, Lord.” At 10 a.m. the rosary will be prayed and at 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated.