Opening Liturgy, Sunday 10th June (Archive)

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The opening liturgy of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress took place on Sunday 10th June, the feast of Corpus Christi in the Arena at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

Download a map for RDS Arena with information about accessibility, entrance gates and facilities at the Arena for pilgrims. RDS Arena map

The Mass in the RDS was celebrated, with pilgrims gathering from all over Ireland and overseas. The liturgy included Mass and a colourful celebration that welcomed pilgrims to an amazing week-long spiritual and cultural festival.

The Opening Ceremony was a celebration of Irish Heritage, both cultural and spiritual. The ceremony acknowledged the Gathering of thousands of pilgrims to the RDS.  During the Gathering pilgrims enjoyed choirs and musicians as they rehearsed for the Mass and appearances by some of Ireland's finest musicians and singers.  

As the Gathering drews to a close, the Congress extended a true Irish welcome to national and international pilgrims. This welcome involved some 500 participants, bearing flags and banners representing each parish in Ireland, an expression of individual communities. Before Mass started, the Gathering concluded with an extract from The Book of Armagh, illustrating St Patrick’s wisdom and understanding.

RTÉ, salt and Light Television (Canada) and EWTN, among others, broadcasted the Opening Mass from the RDS on television and online. 

Time Event
Start time: 13.00
Finish time: 16.45
Opening ceremony followed by Mass

Celebrant: Papal Legate, His Eminence Marc, Cardinal Ouellet
Main Arena RDS
Translation: French and Spanish

Liturgical music for the Congress 

Read more about the liturgical music for the Congress. Download PDF.


Download each day of the Congress programme below in print friendly format. 

Download Congress programme for Sunday 10th June
Download Congress programme for Monday 11th June
Download Congress programme for Tuesday 12th June
Download Congress programme for Wednesday 13th June
Download Congress programme for Thursday 14th June
Download Congress programme for Friday 15th June
Download Congress programme for Saturday 16th June
Download Congress programme for Sunday 17th June

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