Prayer spaces at the Congress (Archive)

There was two dedicated spaces for prayer at the RDS during the week of the Congress:

1  The Prayer Space at the heart of the Eucharistic Village was a peaceful space, with time for silent adoration, guided prayer, scripture meditation, silence: a place of presence. Read the programme in the Prayer Space.

2  St Damian’s Monastery on Simmonscourt Road, was open for Adoration and prayer with the Poor Clare Community who reside there. Read the programme in St Damian's Monastery.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was a central feature of the Congress prayer spaces.

Congress Prayer Space: Silent Adoration and guided Scripture Meditation took place throughout the day (except during the time of the plenary sessions when the Prayer Space was open for quiet prayer). Each day concluded with Night Prayer and Benediction.

St Damian’s Monastery: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament took place from early morning until evening in St Damian's Monastery. The rhythm of prayer in this space offered a unique insight and an experience of the prayer life of the Community of Poor Clares who opened their chapel to all. The monastery is on Simmonscourt Road, beside the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, There was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament all day with a focus on parents and children. There was all night Eucharistic Adoration in the church as part of the Congress Extends to the City Programme. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church is on Merrion Road, one kilometre from the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

In addition, many parishes in the city and suburbs had special arrangements for Adoration and other experiences of prayer during the week of the Congress.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation was available each day at the Prayer Space. Particular arrangements for Confession were provided in Hall 3 on Thursday 14th June following the Liturgy of Reconciliation.


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