Let Us Adore
On 7-9 September, over 10,000 people will gather in Liverpool for a most wonderful and historic event, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress (Adoremus).
Adoremus is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to create a special opportunity to reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.
The central theme of the Congress is to explore the meaning and power of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and to encourage all parishes to offer people the opportunity to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration, as a living and personal encounter with Christ, is an essential and primary form of evangelisation that reawakens in us the desire for God instilled when God created us. Out of that innermost desire, we are drawn to be missionary disciples.
Over the three days, there will be speakers, seminars, and workshops, but of course also Adoration, Holy Mass and a Blessed Sacrament Procession through the streets of Liverpool. Bishop Robert Barron from Los Angeles will be the Keynote speaker on Saturday. Bishop Barron is the founder of Word on Fire, which evangelises through the media. He is the presenter of the acclaimed series Catholicism – Pope Francis says: ‘When Bishop Barron speaks, the airwaves tremble’
Bishop Robert Byrne is the co-ordinator of this project with support from Bishop David McGough and Bishops Richard Moth and Tom Williams.
The last Eucharistic Congress in England was held over 100 years ago in 1908. However, according to the historical narrative of that occasion, it was not possible to carry the Blessed Sacrament in public procession through the streets. So the procession was held but without the Blessed Sacrament.
This Eucharistic Pilgrimage will bring fruition the completion of the Congress of 1908 on the Sunday when there will be a Blesses Sacrament procession around the streets of Liverpool.
In the Praise and Witness to the Eucharistic Lord, the aims of Adoremus can be adopted locally. It is hoped that as a result of the Pilgrimage and Congress parishes will seek:
- To rejuvenate Eucharistic Adoration in Parishes
- To encourage greater love for the mystery of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
- To engender a deeper understanding of the place of the Eucharist in the life of the Church
- To provide practical resources for Eucharistic Adoration for Parishes and Schools
- To better form Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
- To better equip parish catechists and Schools for ministry
- To confirm parish ministry around the centrality of the Eucharist
Each parish is being asked to nominate three pilgrims to join the Congress, and we are working with the schools to provide resources and pilgrimage opportunities to them. Parishioners are additionally invited to speak to their priest or dean or to the Diocesan Adoremus Co-ordinators. For more information or to register your interest:
Father Craig Szmidt:
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0121 422 4865 or
Fr Craig Szmidt c/o Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6 EU
email@example.com / 0121 360 8118 (ext. 166)
You can find out more on the Catholic Church in England and Wales’ website, including a series of short podcasts exploring Adoremus and the Eucharist.
In the first podcast, Bishop Richard Moth says: ‘The experience of Adoremus will enable us all to return home renewed in our own Christian lives and enable us to share with others the wonder of the life that Jesus has given for us.
‘ This sharing, rooted in our experience of Christ’s presence will be transformative in more ways than we can imagine for it is a sharing of the love of God himself.’