News from around the Archdiocee of Liverpool
by Eleanor Lalley
The Bishops of England and Wales have called a Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress 7-9 September 2018 to take place in Liverpool. ‘Adoremus’ (let us adore), will involve delegates from every diocese of England and Wales.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon has stressed that events in and around the city will focus on Christ in the Eucharist, the bread of life. Through adoration, talks, workshops, keynote speakers, Masses and other activities we will be given the chance to reflect on how the Eucharist nourishes our lives as disciples. In addition, Cardinal Nichols has written that ‘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’.
Delegates from the Archdiocese of Liverpool will be invited by the Dean of their area to take part in this historic event. 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 Eucharistic Congress was in London in 1908, when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused.
10,000 pilgrims are expected to attend. On Friday, 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. Sessions will focus on: Scripture, Ecclesiology, Eucharistic Language and Catechesis, and Rites and Music for Eucharistic Adoration
The Echo Arena in Liverpool will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the Saturday of the Congress, which will include keynote speakers, music, drama and conclude with Adoration.
On Sunday, the final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession open to all. The Archdiocese of Liverpool will offer free events open to delegates and the public that support the Eucharistic Congress on Friday and Saturday. These ‘fringe’ events are under development and will be hosted by city centre parishes.
After ‘Adoremus’ delegates will return to their parishes with practical resources to develop prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.