Friday, April 29, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY – On June 19, the feast of Corpus Christi, the “three-year popular revival of devotion and belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist” called by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will begin . The bishops “believe that God wants to see a movement of Catholics across the United States healed, converted, formed and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist – and sent on a mission ‘for the life of the world,’” says the National Eucharistic Revival website.
The effort will be highlighted by a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in July 2024, when approximately 100,000 Catholics are expected “to gather in Indianapolis for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the ‘source and pinnacle’ of our Catholic faith,” states the website, referring to the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church’s description of the Eucharistic Sacrifice as “the source and summit of all Christian life.” (Lumen gentium 11)
The first year of this Eucharistic revival is devoted to events at the diocesan level. The second year will be dedicated to the parish level, and the months from July 17, 2024 to Pentecost 2025 will be “the year of going out on mission”.
In the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Bishop Oscar A. Solis will preside over a liturgy of effort on June 19, the feast of Corpus Christi.
The Eucharist “is what we already do; this is what we are – the Church as Eucharist in the JPII sense,” acknowledged Father Christopher Gray, parish priest of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Park City, which is spearheading the revival. diocesan eucharist. “But it’s also an opportunity to focus on that and be united as a local Church…to love the Eucharist.”
Focusing on the Eucharist will give Catholics the chance to understand how “the faithful can allow faith to change us,” the father said. Gray said. “Ultimately, our faith is meaningful insofar as we allow Christ to conform us, and one of the ways this happens in a very important, primary, and sacramental way is the Eucharist, received with great frequency – weekly, for example – and a life which must be increasingly consistent with it.
Or, as the Third Eucharistic Prayer says, “until Christ is formed in you,” Fr. Gray added.
The prayer references Galatians 4:19, “Until Christ be formed in you”, which is translated in the prayer as “may become one body, one spirit in Christ”.
Among the diocesan initiatives will be four-minute liturgical reflections on the Eucharist prepared by the Diocesan Office of Worship and read during weekend masses. These reflections, which will begin in the fall, will also be published in the pages of this journal and posted on the diocesan website.
Similar to the national effort, the diocesan effort will culminate in a diocesan-wide celebration on July 9, 2023 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy. All Catholics in the diocese are encouraged to attend this gathering in person, but it will also be livestreamed. Transportation to the event will be provided by the churches of the diocese.
The objective of the rally will be a mass. However, the one-day event will include devotions such as music provided by various groups from across the diocese and speakers brought in for the event.
After the rally, local parishes will be encouraged to deepen their Eucharistic life with services such as Eucharistic adoration or nights of prayer, or charitable acts that can be done for Eucharistic revival.
“Insofar as we are a Eucharistic people – and this is a universal thing – there are different ways of manifesting it,” the father said. Gray said. “In my understanding of the Eucharist, material charity is absolutely important; it is inseparable.
The emphasis on the Eucharist can help Catholics rediscover and revive their faith, not only in the parish but also in the diocese, at home, in their hearts, “as the bishop mentioned to many times coming out of the pandemic,” the father said. Gray said.