Living Eucharist

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Living Eucharist is published for the Westminster Liturgy Commission.

It offers opportunities and encouragement to deepen our participation in Sunday Mass. It does this in two ways.

First it helps us prepare for each Sunday’s Mass by focussing in turn on the principal elements of the Liturgy of the Word. Acknowledging that the Liturgy of the Word is often structured with readings chosen to complement the Gospel reading and that can seem a little arbitrary until we know what the Gospel reading is. So, each week, the blog begins on Thursday with the presentation of the coming Sunday’s Gospel. It continues over the following three days, ending on Sunday with the First Reading, ie presenting the readings and psalm of the Liturgy of the Word in the reverse order to how they are heard on Sunday.
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In the three days following the Sunday, various elements of the Mass are considered or reconsidered. Generally the blog returns to elements of the Liturgy of the Word, but may also consider other elements of the Mass of Sunday. These will from time to time certainly include the Collect, Preface, or particular diocesan or national Days of Prayer.

Some dates for the Year of Mercy

Logo for Holy Year of Mercy

This Jubilee Year, announced by Pope Francis on April 11, starts Dec. 8, 2015, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the day on which the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica will be opened.

The Jubilee Year ends on Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

For background to the year, read Misericordiae vultus, in which Pope Francis details the aims of the Holy Year.

To keep up to date on developments go to the official website for the Jubilee has already been launched.

April 3: a celebration for those who in various ways are inspired “by a charism of mercy,” in movements, associations, and religious institutes.

April 24: a special celebration for young people aged between the ages of 13 and 16, this will be some months before World Youth Day, which will be held in Krakow, July 26-31, and is largely for  youth of an older age bracket.”

May 29: A jubilee will be held for deacons “who by their vocation and ministry are called to preside in works of charity in the life of the Christian community.”

June 3: 160th anniversary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a celebration for priests.

June 12: a celebration with the sick and disabled, and those who care for them.

Sept. 4: a celebration with charitable volunteers will gather from all over the world. “A volunteer is a dynamic witness of someone who lives the works of mercy in its various expressions and deserves to

Oct. 9: a celebration of Mary, as the Mother of Mercy.

Sept. 25: A celebration for catechists who, “in transmitting the life of faith, support Christian communities and, in particular, our parishes in a decisive way.”

Nov. 6: a celebration with and for those in prison.

The above dates are for celebrations in Rome. It is likely that the celebrations in Rome will find themselves echoed in celebrations in each Local Church, ie each diocese, and in its parishes and communities. The resources being prepared in the Proclaim ’15 initiative will be helpful for each diocese/parish in considering how to proceed.

A Jubilee Year of Mercy

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Pope Francis has called for a Jubilee year of Mercy, to help the Church’s witness to Christian faith to grow stronger and more effective.

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

The Year has two aims:

  • to nourish the faith of Christians, and various strategies are proposed to help with this.
  • to help the Church proclaim God’s mercy.

The Church’s life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people approach it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends. The profundity of the mystery surrounding it is as inexhaustible as the richness which springs up from it.

In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: “Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old” (Ps 25:6).

For the full text of the Pope’s proclamation of this Jubilee Year click here.


Photograph of Pope Francis © Mazur/

Easter and May 7


Voting is a duty for Catholics…

Cf Catechism of the Catholic Church 2240.

The duties of citizens

2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country:

    Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honour to whom honour is due.45[Christians] reside in their own nations, but as resident aliens. They participate in all things as citizens and endure all things as foreigners. . . . They obey the established laws and their way of life surpasses the laws. . . . So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it.46

But, hey, today is a Bank Holiday, read a bit more too. 

And then be ready, with God’s grace, to rise to the vision!!!