Let's face it, 40 minutes in silence for students (let alone adults) can be torture, but the 4-8th graders kept it together (for the most part) and entered into a time of reflection and peace.
I think one of the priests - we luckily had 7 of them! - kept giving the same penance...two of my girls needed help remembering how to start off the "Hail Mary"! (You know how that goes - you just can't think of the first few words so you get stuck...)
Even though I coordinate most of the religious services & Masses at our school, I honestly did not have much to do in preparing this prayer service. And that was good because the stress level wasn't as high and also because I could focus on the message of Reconciliation better too. (Though, I didn't go today because I went to my parish Church's Reconciliation service last week.)
We are forgiven - not because of anything we do but because of God's grace.