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Eucharistic Congress

On 10–17 June, 2012, Dublin is celebrating the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. This congress will be a gathering of Catholics from all over the world and from our twenty-six dioceses here in Ireland. The theme of the congress is ‘The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another’.

The word ‘Eucharist’ means ‘thanksgiving’. It is another word for Holy Communion. Can you think back to the day when you made your First Holy Communion? What do you remember about that day? 


Eucharistic Congress Prayer


Lord Jesus,
You were sent by the Father
to gather together those who are scattered.

You came among us,
doing good and bringing healing,
announcing the Word of salvation
and giving the Bread which lasts forever.

Be our companion on life's pilgrim way.
May your holy Spirit inflame our hearts,
enliven our hope and open our minds,
so that together
with our sisters and brothers in faith
we may recognise you in the Scriptures
and in the breaking of bread.

May Your Holy Spirit
transform us into one body
and lead us to walk humbly on earth,
in justice and love,
as witnesses of Your Resurrection.

In communion with Mary,
whom You gave to us as our Mother
at the foot of the cross,
through You may all praise,
honour and blessing be to the Father
in the Holy Spirit and in the Church,
now and forever.