In 2012, the 50th International Eucharistic Congress takes place in Ireland – June 10th-17th .
This is a huge honour for Ireland having last hosted the Congress in 1932.The theme for this congress is: “The
Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another”.
It is very important that we in Ireland prepare for the Congress ourselves and be ready to welcome visitors from all over the world who will come to Ireland in June 2012.
To highlight the ‘journey of preparation’ across the country the Eucharistic Congress Bell is visiting every diocese in Ireland to raise awareness of the Congress and as an aid to prayerful preparation to celebrate the Congress next year.
For Christians, the bell has long been associated with the invitation to ‘gather’, the sound being perceived as God’s voice, God’s call which draws people to assemble for prayer. For early Christian Ireland the sound of the bell of St. Patrick and other great saints across the land heralded the dawn of a new and eternal day for the Irish people – called to the Good News- Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh – and in turn become the bearers of this Good News to others, far and near.
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