From the 4th June, a special event will take place in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. From 7th to 9th September 2018, there will be a National Eucharistic Congress held in Liverpool under the title ‘Adoremus.’ This means ‘Let us adore’ and invites us to renew and deepen our faith in, and devotion towards, the presence of the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist – both in the celebration of the Mass and in adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
“In prayer before the Blessed Sacrament we slowly discover that there we find a home for every heart. For this reason we pray with suppliant hearts, full of love and heartfelt praise. We come into the presence of our Blessed Lord with our anxieties and troubles. But there all restless yearnings cease and sorrows all depart. There, in the peace of his presence, we can speak freely, telling our tale of sorrow and distress, whispering as it were into his ear. This is a Sacrament of shelter and a shoreline of safety”.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
“The Eucharist is the centre, the ‘source and summit,’ of the Church’s life and worship. The National Eucharistic Congress is an encouragement to all of us, in the words of St John Paul II, to ‘rekindle our Eucharistic amazement,’ to realise again the immense gift we have been given”.
Rt Rev John Wilson
At St George’s we will be doing many things to promote this event and to deepen the children’s understanding of the Eucharist. This is what we will be doing this half term:
- Corpus Christi Procession and Benediction on Friday 15th June. After this, all children will reflect on what they have seen and heard through the writing of prayers and art work.
- Learn the hymn ‘Sweet Sacrament Divine’.
- Through the use of posters and help from our Liturgy Team, children will be reminded to genuflect when they enter the Oratory, where the Blessed Sacrament is kept. This is to remind children that the Eucharist is always to be treated with great respect, because Jesus is with us in a real way in the Eucharist.
We will also say the Westminster Diocese Adoremus prayer:
Jesus, You are truly present
in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Help me feel Your presence
every time I visit you.
Give me Your strength
when I receive You
in Holy Communion.
And, receiving Your love,
help me take that love to others.
I ask this in Your name.
‘Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever’ (John 6:58).