In our Diocese of Portsmouth, we will begin a Year of the Eucharist starting on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 6th June 2021.
As you know, in these years 2020 to 2022, I am inviting everyone in the Diocese to undertake by God’s grace a period of intense, spiritual renewal. The purpose ultimately is to help us realise our diocesan ambition of Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. We are always totally dependent on God and His grace and on the gifts of the Holy Spirit He pours out upon us through the Holy Eucharist.
In other words, we wish to be renewed in faith so that we will be better equipped for service and mission. The Year of the Eucharist, which will follow on from the Year of the Word, will be a unique opportunity for the Diocese as a whole, for parishes and schools, clergy and faithful, families and individuals to rekindle our love for Jesus Christ really and truly present and active in the Holy Eucharist.
The Eucharist and the Blessed Sacrament we adore outside of Mass: It is the Lord! (cf. John 21:7) By a happy coincidence, the Holy Father has made the year 2021 a Year of St. Joseph and so as we begin a Year of the Eucharist, I recommend prayerful reflection on the passages in the Gospels that speak of St. Joseph and which can draw us closer to the Child he loved and cared for. Over the next weeks in e-News, I will share with you some ideas about how we can keep the Year holy, including details of our three Shrine churches where you can obtain a special Plenary Indulgence.
There is also a booklet, which you can download here.
12 Eucharistic resolutions for all of us: Father Marcin Drabik
As we celebrate the Year of the Eucharist in the Diocese of Portsmouth, please – let’s do our best to follow resolutions to benefit from this jubilee and grow even closer to the Eucharistic Jesus.
- Prepare your soul for Communion by going to confession more often. You will be able to experience the peace that is the fruit of the Eucharist.
2. Attend Mass more regularly. Needless to say, you should attend at least every Sunday (virtually, if necessary). Try to attend also at least once a month during the weekdays.
3. Pay attention to the Real Presence right before receiving Communion. Do not receive the host while distracted. Acknowledge that Christ is truly present in the host. May the “Amen” you respond when receiving Jesus Christ be a sincere proclamation of faith. Experience Jesus coming into your soul.
4. Pray at least 5 minutes after receiving Communion. Please, don’t be late for the Holy Mass and don’t rush out of church when Mass is over.
5. Visit the Blessed Sacrament. At least every other week, visit the church for an adoration time or come when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. Try praying for 15 minutes in the presence of the Eucharistic Jesus and grow the habit of being in the presence of the Lord.
6. Attend Benediction at least once a month. Through the incense, the bells and the adoration rite, you will discover how sublime the experience of worshipping the Blessed Sacrament in a solemn fashion is.
7. Be reverent before the Blessed Sacrament. Conduct yourself in silence and with respect inside the Lord’s dwelling. Be as cautious and silent as a mother who goes into the room of her sleeping baby. Never cross before the tabernacle without making a proper genuflection (if you are able), making sure your right knee touches the ground.
8. Meditate upon the Bread of Life Discourse (John 6) and the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). These Gospel narratives will help you remember that Christ is truly present in the consecrated host.
9. Don’t miss the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (2022). Sit at the Lord’s table at the beginning of the triduum and partake of the memorial of the Last Supper, in which Jesus instituted the Eucharist, the priesthood and the commandment of love.
10. Join the Eucharistic Procession on the solemnity of Corpus Christi (2022). This will be a beautiful way to close our Year of the Eucharist.
11. Make your family’s love for the Eucharist grow. Invite everyone to join you in fulfilling these resolutions.
12. Take the Year of the Eucharist seriously. Really, don’t take it for granted. Insist to all around us the importance on the value of the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of all Christian life.