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The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself. Indeed, "only in adoration can a profound and genuine reception mature. And it is precisely this personal encounter with the Lord that then strengthens the social mission contained in the Eucharist, which seeks to break down not only the walls that separate the Lord and ourselves, but also and especially the walls that separate us from one another."(Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis 66)
The Eucharistic Congress 2012 invites parishes, groups, movements, ecclesial groups and individuals to be renewed in our understanding of Eucharist.
These resources are provided to establish a path of preparation towards the Eucharistic Congress, with respect to one part of the task given for Eucharistic Congresses, which is to 'engage in fostering or taking those initiatives that, in accordance with the Church’s current norms, have the scope of increasing understanding and participation in the Eucharistic Mystery in all its aspects: from the celebration to worship extra missam, (outside of Mass) so that its influence permeates the whole of personal and social living.' (cf IEC pastoral planning overview; Statute of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses).
In promoting Eucharistic Adoration the Eucharistic Congress will focus on four areas to be renewed and promoted – Adoration in Parishes; Adoration by Youth and Children; Home Visitation with the Blessed Sacrament; Adoration moments (special events centred around Eucharistic Adoration)
Click on a link below to find details for each area and the goals to work towards:
- Perpetual Adoration online
- Eucharistic Adoration Live webcam FAQ
- Want to help? Make contact and become a volunteer!
Further adoration Resources
- How to plan a Holy hour
- Holy Hour prepared by Sister Françoise Lemieux op, Dominican Adoration Missionaries
- Adoration, guided or silent prepared by Sister Jeanne d'Arc Marcoux op, Dominican Adoration Missionaries
- Prayers of Benediction
You are welcome to print the following material to promote Eucharistic Adoration in your locale.