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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
- Archbishop Hartmayer’s Announcement of Eucharistic Renewal – May 24, 2021
- Procession and Holy Hour at the Cathedral of Christ the King – June 3, 2021
Next Steps for Parishes
Below are considerations for parishes on how to participate in the Eucharistic Renewal:
- Pray and plan for next steps
- Continue to promote social media graphics centered on the Eucharist (see resources above)
- Encourage individuals, families, small groups, and the parish as a whole to spend more time before the Blessed Sacrament
- Offer regular times for adoration and/or continue or start perpetual adoration
- Consider offering Eucharistic processions on special occasions/feast days throughout the year (see Guidelines for Eucharistic Processions, including tips for following civil regulations)
- Promote, livestream, and take pictures, where possible, of your parish initiatives for the Eucharistic Renewal (send livestream plans and/or any follow-up pictures you would like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org; use #ArchATLwith #EucharistATL or #RenewalATL)
- Add an intercessory prayer during the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass for a renewed Eucharistic life.
- Here is an example fitting for this Year of St. Joseph and utilized during the archbishop’s Mass on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19: Father in Heaven, You called St. Joseph to be the first guardian of our Lord Jesus Christ in the tabernacle of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s womb. Grant us, by his intercession, a renewed love of Jesus in His Most Blessed Sacrament and the grace to care for Christ’s body by caring for our brothers and sisters. We pray to the Lord…
- Pray the prayer to Prayer To St. Joseph For Eucharistic Renewal in English and/or encourage families to do so
- Offer opportunities of formation to help deepen the encounter with the Lord (through Bible studies on the Eucharist or small prayer groups organized around adoration and intercessory prayer – more resources to come)
- Promote, livestream and take pictures where possible (send livestream plans and/or any follow-up pictures you would like to share to email@example.com; use #ArchATL with #EucharistATL or #RenewalATL)
- Consider ways to invite those who may not be connected to the parish to get to know the community and to get to know more about Jesus Christ. See evangelizationatl.com for more ideas.
Prayer and Formation Resources
- Holy Hour Prayer Resource | Recursos de oración para la hora eucarística: A printable resource with basic prayers and suggestions for a Eucharistic Holy Hour.
- Forty Hours Devotion: Learn the history and suggested practical steps of organizing a Forty Hours Devotion.
- Year of St. Joseph: See prayers and information for this Year of St. Joseph.
- Rediscovering the Mass: Select resources from the USCCB to encourage prayer, learning, and action.
- Carlo Acutis’ Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit and Official Prayer: Bl. Carlo Acutis, pray for us! Eucharistic miracles are special signs intended to reinforce our faith in Jesus, Who is really, truly, and substantially present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. The miracles remind us of the power of our Lord Who works through His sacraments regularly (seen not by physical eyes but rather by the eyes of faith), remaining faithful to His promises to us.
- Select documents and resources on the Church’s teaching: Study, pray, and ask the question, Lord, how are you calling me to grow and to act on your truth?
- Believing, celebrating, and living the mystery of the Eucharist: In Pope Benedict XVI’s Sacramentum Caritatis(2007), read, reflect, and pray about how the Eucharist is a mystery to be believed, to be celebrated, and to be lived.
- The Church draws her life from the Eucharist: In St. John Paul II’s last encyclical letter on the Eucharist and the Church, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (2003), read, reflect, and pray about how central the mystery of the Eucharist is to the very life of the Church and to our lives as disciples.
- Reclaim Sunday as the Lord’s Day and a day of rest, prayer, and fellowship: In St. John Paul II’s Dies Domini(1998), read, reflect, and pray about the gift of Sunday as the day of all days and how we can live out this day in the way the Lord is calling us.
- The Eucharist commits us to the poor: The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist leads us to serve and be close to the poor and most vulnerable among us, as Pope Francis continues to emphasize admirably. Read, reflect, and pray about the gift and challenge of Catholic social teaching.
More resources to come…