Vicariate for Faith & Mission

Year of the Eucharist

Introduction

The first part of the Diocesan Year of the Eucharist, ‘Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb’, is wrapped in the theme: ‘In Communion with the Father’ and follows the Synod called by Pope Francis. The Holy Father tells us that by his gracious will, God gathers us together as people of one faith. The communion we share finds its deepest roots in the love and unity of Christ who reconciles us to the Father and unites us with each other in the Holy Spirit. Together, we are inspired by listening to the Word of God, through the living Tradition of the Church, and grounded in the faith tat we share. We all have a role to play in discerning and living out God’s call for his people. (Synod Vademecum, 2021)

This Diocesan Year aims to celebrate the Eucharist at the heart of the life and mission of the Church and to gather people back to the Mass and the Sacraments. We are to grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist. We are to deepen our appreciation of its celebration through the liturgy. We are to revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist. And we are to go out and serve the world through the nourishment we receive.

Monsignor Andrew Faley, Episcopal Vicar for the Vicariate for Faith & Mission

Year of the Eucharist News

Year of the Eucharist Prayer

Lord Jesus,
in your gift of yourself in the Eucharist
you look at me as I look at you.
My eyes are deceived,
I see bread wrapped round with gold and silver.
But this small fragile piece
is more valuable than gold,
more precious than all the world.

So easily broken it can mend the world,
joining together every human heart.
So light an object, it outweighs the greatest treasure,
surpassing the mightiest power.

Lord Jesus,
In your gift of yourself in the Eucharist
You receive me as I receive you.
My senses are deceived
I taste simple food and drink
But this little morsel, a tiny sip
is the greatest banquet ever eaten
It is you, my God, entering within me.

So quietly it heals a broken life
curing all humanity
So gently it rescues the feeble sinner
restoring lost innocence.

Fill me and nourish me
that I may drink deep of your strength.
Stay with me in my journey through the world
Satisfy me in my hunger for fulfilment.

Touch me with your power
and enter the depths of my being
as I look at you and you look at me
as I receive you and you receive me.
Blessed be the Holy Eucharist
in which Christ’s sacrifice is offered
and the salvation won for all is given to me!

A Year of the Eucharist Prayer written by Fr Adrian Dixon

Year of the Eucharist Reflection Booklet

In this booklet, a young person, a member of the clergy, a Diocesan group representative, a member of the laity and an academic, all drawn from our Diocesan community, share a personal reflection on their relationship to the Father and the call to participation. Through the diversity of their experience, we get a clear sense that, although the Father can feel like the most elusive person of the Trinity, he permeates everything with his everlasting presence. Fathers make our worlds, fixing the things we break and fixing us when we get broken. Always watching, always loving, patiently waiting with open arms for us to make our way back home, God the Father is the sure foundation from which we can step out and make his love manifest to each other and to the world.