IEC2012 Blog

O’Brien Boys Carry Forward the Catholic Faith

June 13, 2012

The first day of the International Eucharistic Congress 2012 was, in artistic parlance, one of ‘wash and colour’. The vibrancy and joy of foreign groups stood out in stark contrast to the more muted and reflective disposition of Irish pilgrims.

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St John Ambulance – helping to keep us moving

June 13, 2012

At today’s International Eucharistic Congress, I visited the St John Ambulance group in Simmonscourt to find out how the Congress was going for them. I spoke to John and Sean who explained that they have three shifts, from 8am to 10:30pm, with 15 people on duty each day, including 3 Doctors, mostly volunteers from Europe, and three local nurses. They have had an average of 30 patients each day, including some trips to hospital, mainly for chest pains and damage to limbs. Their personnel are in two locations, Simmonscourt and in the medical centre, staffing of which they share with The Order of Malta. I have to say I was surprised at this level of activity, and recognised the significant value of their work, even though they described it as “just another gig”!

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Feast of Culture and Spirituality in the Sunshine at the IEC2012 Opening Ceremony

June 11, 2012

There was a great “Cead Mile Fáilte” to the world from the Eucharistic Congress at the RDS Arena on Sunday. Bathed in beautiful sunshine throughout, the Opening Ceremony of the Congress was a spectacle of Irish culture and spirituality, with a very strong theme of Irish evangelisation.

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‘Holy Eucharist is the treasure of the Church’, says Papal Legate

June 11, 2012

In his homily during the Opening Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland, on 10 June 2012, the Papal Legate, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, told the congregation that “the Holy Eucharist is the treasure of the Church, which is essential to her life”.

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A different Corpus Christi

June 11, 2012

“Though we are many, we are one body, we who come to share this living bread;” are the opening words of the hymn specially written for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, and it was sung with gusto many times yesterday at the Opening Ceremony and Mass.

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Comments on the Opening Ceremony

June 11, 2012

The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles J Brown:

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IEC2012 – Opening Ceremony – Sunday 10th June

June 10, 2012

The Congress officially started today, Sunday the 10th of June. This short video shows some parts of the opening Mass and some interviews with pilgrims

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It’s God’s Party – He Is Not Going To Let It Rain!

June 10, 2012

Our Lady of Victories Gospel Choir members have been singing together for 5 years, but today was one of their highs. They sang two pieces with the Maynooth Gospel Choir: My Help and Go Out and Tell. For them, the Opening Event was both uplifting and spiritual, and they thought it was a great honour to perform after the Three Tenors of Ireland. In true Irish fashion, we talked about the weather –and one of them very aptly remarked, ‘It’s God’s party – He is not going to let it rain!’

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Let The Fun Begin

June 10, 2012

The sun is shining as the IEC2012 is starting. While walking through the RDS it is impossible not to get swept up in the buzz.

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Memories from the last Irish Eucharistic Congress

June 10, 2012

The last Eucharistic Congress in Ireland was 80 years and. And to celebrate that memory, there is a 1932 Exhibition at the RDS Library (open today in the morning only, but longer opening hours during the week). This blogger actually attended that Congress all of 80 years ago. And of course I found the exhibition fascinating. However it is hard for it to quite convey the how different times were back. My overarching memory as a 10-year boy is the stunning voice of the renowned signer, Count John McCormack, wafting through the air. For people at the time who would have had almost no access to radio or records, such singing was divine as it was unexpected. That’s maybe easy to forget with music so omnipresent today.

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Move To Tears

June 10, 2012

After years of preparation the ‘Peace be with you’ proved and emotional speed bump for many of the volunteers and organisers during the opening Mass. The sight of pilgrims kneeling in prayer was too much for Nathaly De May who only had one word to say – Humble.

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The Healing Stone – A Way Forward?

June 10, 2012

Sunday 10th June 2012 will go down in history as the opening day of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin but for some individuals today will be remembered for the IEC2012 unveiling of the Healing Stone at the Opening Ceremony as a means of acknowledging the abuse of children. The Healing Stone comprises a large, shaped piece of Wicklow granite which is engraved with a prayer composed by a survivor of clerical abuse.

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When words are not enough

June 10, 2012

I've met so many people at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th international Eucharist Congress: volunteers, performers, exhibitors and religious. Frequently used words to describe the Opening Ceremony were - Renewal, Spiritual, Amazing, Incredible, and Dana Rosemary Scanlon, who was amongst the pilgrims, reflected for a moment and simply said "Healing".

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Young People Proclaim - "We Are God's Children"

June 10, 2012

The young people who attended the Opening Ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in the RDS were in buoyant form as they looked forward with anticipation to strengthening their relationship with Jesus through the power of the Eucharist.

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RDS Arena ready for Opening Ceremony Kickoff

June 09, 2012

Preparations for the Opening Ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in the Main Arena of the RDS began over two years ago when Arcana’s tender for preparing the stadium was accepted but the transformation of the arena really stepped up a gear in the space of the last seven days.

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Voices of angels herald start of Eucharistic Congress

June 09, 2012

The angelic voices of the Palestrina Choir echoed across the wide expanse of the huge warehouse that contains the rehearsal and volunteer areas at the back of the Simmonscourt building, next door to Dublin’s RDS complex.

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