Homily of Cardinal Sean Brady on the start of the pilgrimage of the Eucharistic Congress Bell

Thursday March 24, 2011

Cardinal Séan Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, launched the pilgrimage of the International Eucharistic Congress Bell in Armagh and anointed the icon of Christ Pantocrator on the Evening Prayer in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh,St Patrick’s Day 2011.

He invited all people of good will to become part of the journey of reflection and renewal of community that is at the heart of the Eucharistic Congress and the visit of the Congress Bell to each of the 26 dioceses in our country. These are just but some of his words:

“The bell had an honoured place in the mission of our National Apostle. It called the people to pray. It invited them to pause from their busy and distracted lives and to turn to what gives life to the spirit and the soul. It beckoned people to meet Jesus himself in his Word and in the Eucharist.”  

"That call to a new evangelisation will continue to ring out in every parish the bell will visit. It will ring out in memory of Patrick who, in spite of his personal weakness and the many obstacles that came his way, burned with zeal for the hope, life and love that the message of Christ offered to the people of Ireland. The bell will call every one of us to take up that mission from Patrick and make it our own in living out our baptismal call.”

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