Scouts prepare to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi

During Scouting’s Faith and Fun Day June 2, Father Andrew Haissig, diocesan Scouting chaplain and parochial vicar at the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, helped the youngest of Scouts learn about adoration and the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist — body, blood, soul and divinity. It was the perfect precursor to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

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Lena (left) and Marin Doerrer of St. Rita Church's American Heritage Girls unit stomp grapes June 2 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria. JIM ROURKE | COURTESY

 

In preparation for adoration, Father Haissig quizzed the Scouts in grades K-6 on various elements of this special time with Jesus. He also related the story of St. Clare of Assisi, who, when soldiers were attacking San Damiano, confronted them with the real presence, a consecrated host, causing the soldiers to flee. Finally, Father Haissig asked the Scouts to consider the time with Christ in terms of a personal relationship, one that requires speaking and listening. He asked them to imagine that they were with friends — yet they were the only ones doing the talking.

 

We all need to be quiet and listen sometimes to what our friends are saying — and especially be open to what Christ is saying to us in moments of silence, he said.

 

The event, organized by adult and youth Scouting volunteers on behalf of the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, was open to Scouts in grades K-6 in the parishes around Alexandria.

 

With the help of older Scouts and Scouting leaders from multiple Scouting organizations, the young faithful also learned the Tantum Ergo, compiled “adoration bags” to help them prepare for adoration, made icons, played faith charades, had a saint scavenger hunt, made bread and stomped grapes, a clear crowd favorite.

 

Despite having to remain indoors due to inclement weather, the day proved to be a great hands-on way for the Scouts to learn more about their shared faith.

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018