Year of the Eucharist
“And behold I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Due to the suspension of Masses to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we were deprived of receiving the Holy Eucharist for several months. As Bishop Peter Uglietto put it, "God often works in paradoxes...Often, though, we don't know what it is we have until it is taken away. Or, sometimes, when something is taken away from us, we yearn for it all the more." (See Boston Pilot article April 10, 2020)
Cardinal Sean O’Malley announced a Year of the Eucharist to bolster the faith of those who already believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and to encourage those who struggle with this belief. Over the course of the year, beginning and ending on the Feast of Corpus Christ, the Cardinal invites all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston to learn more about the Eucharist and to spend more time before the Eucharistic Lord, asking Him to reveal Himself to you.
Click here for quotes and scripture on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Use them for personal reflection, community prayer, or group discussion points.
A Week of Family Activities
Looking for ways for your family to focus on the Eucharist? Here's a week's worth of fun activities!
The Blessing Cup
The Blessing Cup is a family tradition that you can begin in your home. Used as a family symbol, the Blessing Cup can become a sign of solidarity in the family -- oneness in prayer and blessing. Cups can be made, purchased or found within your home. In any case, they become a true vehicle of God's grace as we rehearse our common destiny and dare to share our hopes and fears with those we love.
We come together as a family, to share in this meal, and we give thanks for the food and drink that will nourish us, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me? I will raise the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. (http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/116)
For all of our family gathered around this table, that we may grow in faith and love. Lord hear our prayer.
For all those who prepared this family meal, that their hands be blessed for the work they have done. Lord hear our prayer.
For an end to all hunger and that we may share the gifts we have with those in need. Lord hear our prayer.
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.
Sharing of the Blessing Cup:
Pray together one Our Father as the cup is passed.
Children's Liturgy of the Word: Year of the Eucharist
Here are some step-by-step instructions to help families focus on the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist in a Children's Liturgy of the Word format.