On June 19, 2022. the Eucharistic Revival officially began in dioceses across the United States. In my diocese of Austin, we kicked things off the morning before on Saturday, June 18, with Mass at 8:30am, presided over by the Bishop of Austin, Bishop Joe Vasquez.
After Mass, the Bishop, accompanied by the laity and dozens of priests and deacons, led us out of the church on a one-mile procession through the downtown streets of Austin, holding the Blessed Sacrament high in a monstrance, ending with adoration and benediction at the historic “red doors” on the hilltop at St. Edward’s University. The morning concluded with Bishop Vasquez lifting the monstrance and blessing the entire city of Austin, which was laid out in front of us from our view on the hilltop. It was a powerful and visible way of beginning the Eucharistic Revival, and - literally - going forth and bringing Christ to our community.
What is the Eucharistic Revival?
The Eucharistic Revival is a three-year invitation and call to renewal that will take place across America. More than simply a series of meetings or events, the Eucharistic Revival is a “grassroots call and a challenge for every Catholic across our country to rekindle the fire of love and devotion for the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,” Bishop Vasquez explains.
The first year of the revival runs from June 19 to June 11, 2023, and will focus on revival at the diocesan level. The second year goes from June 12, 2023 to July 17, 2024, and will focus on fostering devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist at the parish level. The final year, July 18, 2024 to Pentecost 2025, called the “Year of Going Out On Mission,” will include a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis.
How Can I Participate in the Eucharistic Revival?
We all know that our families, our cities, and our country are broken and in need of repair, of restoration. Our church is also wounded and in need of healing. Remember, Jesus himself told the apostles that some things “can only come out through prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:28) Jesus reminds us that true reconciliation back to himself takes time and effort, over the long haul.
Let us each take full advantage of these three years to immerse ourselves in the Sacred Heart, on display in the Eucharist, and intercede for our church, our country and all those we carry in our hearts.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
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