The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the National Eucharistic Revival last year, an initiative that will lead to the celebration of the National Eucharistic Congress in the summer of 2024.
The Eucharistic Revival is a movement to restore understanding and devotion to the great mystery and gift the Eucharist is for the Church and for the world. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. At his last supper with his disciples, Jesus gave us the greatest gift, the gift of the Eucharist, and he asked us that night to do it in memory of him. The Church has faithfully celebrated the Eucharist through two thousand years and all around the world, even the most remote of places because in the Church all comes from the Eucharist and all goes back to it. It was in the Eucharist that the early Church found its source and foundation, it is in the Eucharist that the Church today finds its meaning and its call to recognize the Risen Lord and be his witness in the world.
In the Eucharist we share in Jesus’ own offering and can offer ourselves to the Father. Through taking part of the Eucharistic celebration and receiving the consecrated bread and wine, we are strengthened in our life journey, are united in communion with the Body of Christ and are sent to witness God’s presence in the world being instruments of God’s peace, justice, and love to all. The Eucharistic Revival is an invitation for all Catholics to go deeper and to recognize the gift of the Eucharistic Lord, to allow ourselves to be amazed by his presence as the disciples walking to Emmaus did when they recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread and to, like them, go with haste and joy to share the good news.
To learn more about the Eucharistic Revival and let the gift of the Eucharist transform your life, visit the Revival’s website.
Associate Director, Campus Ministry