Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church.
The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused.
Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
On the first day of the Congress, there will be a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programmes), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers.
The sessions will focus on:
Eucharistic Language and Catechesis
Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration
The Echo Arena in Liverpool – which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims – will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the second day of the Congress, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.
On the final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession – open to all.
In a Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols wrote:
“We seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society.”
Every diocese in England and Wales will take part in the Congress and the Cardinal encourages people to make the pilgrimage to the Eucharistic Congress.
Each Diocesan Bishop has nominated a representative whose task is to disseminate information to parishes, groups, religious communities about the Pilgrimage and Congress.
Ahead of the Eucharistic Congress in Genoa in 2016, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to visit the Blessed Sacrament, if possible, every day:
“Moreover, I want to encourage everyone to visit – if possible, every day – especially amid life’s difficulties, the Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and His mercy, preserved in our churches, and often abandoned, to speak filially with Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust yourself to Him.”
The Eucharistic Congress has been given the title ‘Adoremus (Let us adore)’.
This pilgrimage will bring people together from across the dioceses and further the service of the poor and marginalised in our midst.
It also aims to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Phil Gibbons spoke with a few Pilgrims from Clifton diocese and asked them why are attending Adoremus
Phil also asked several people about the first morning;s session and what they hope to take away with them;
Bishop Declan explains about the Eucharistic congress
Keynote 1: The Scriptural Context
A deepening of our adoration and understanding of the Holy Eucharist must begin with the Scriptures. This presentation examines various relevant texts of both the Old and New Testaments and their Jewish and wider backgrounds. Rev Canon Mervyn Tower, MA, SSL, PhD. Parish Priest, Corpus Christi, Oxford.
Canon Tower – Adoremus 2.04 MB
Keynote 2: The Eucharist in the life of the Church
Canon Oakley – Adoremus 1.99 MB
The Ministry of the Eucharist in Hospitals and Prisons
These presentations will focus on how through the Sacraments, especially that of the Eucharist, those who are serving time in prison, or an extended period in hospital, are united with the worshipping church.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Ministry and Practice
Fr Chris Thomas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and the Director of its lrenaeus Project – named after the second century bishop who said the ‘glory of God is a person fully alive’. The project aims to help people have opportunities to pray, to explore the Scriptures, to reflect on what it means to be human and alive and to know the truth that God is with us. Chris has spoken all over England and Ireland as well as in mainland Europe and is the author of six books on spirituality.
Sr Moira Meeghan is a Sister of St Mary of Namur who grew up in St Helens and followed a career in teaching, culminating in the headship of a joint Catholic and Church of England primary school primary school in Liverpool. After a period of further study in pastoral theology and spiritual accompaniment Moira joined the Irenaeus Project in 2015.
Both are members of the Archdiocesan Tutor Group providing initial training and in service for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Preparing Children for the Sacraments of Initiation
Preparing children for their First Holy Communion in a completely Christocentric way, maximising the opportunity of sacramental catechesis to help the children encounter Jesus and the Church, in full accordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Dora Nash – Adoremus 1.97 MB
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