Monday, June 16, 2008

The International Eucharistic Congress ...

... opens today in Quebec City, Canada.
The 2008 International Eucharistic Congress will be the assembly of the Church of Quebec hosting the Universal Church to celebrate the Living Christ. Its theme will be “The Eucharist, Gift of God for the Life of the World.”
The Congress lasts the whole week. There are several catecheses, lead by various leaders from around the world. Archbishop Wuerl (DC) and Jean Varnier spoke today. Archbishop Topo (Ranchi, India, and president of the Indian Bishops' Conference) is to speak on Friday. Program for the week.

Here's an account of the Opening Ceremony (no pictures?), including this bit:
The arrival of God’s Word carried on the Ark of the New Covenant was an emotional moment. Since its construction and blessing by the Holy Father in May 2006, the Ark of the New Covenant has been symbolic, for Canadian youth in particular, of progress toward the Congress. At the end of its journey over many thousands of kilometers, it was welcomed by the pilgrims gathered at Colisée Pepsi, many of whom had hailed its passage through their parishes long ago. The Ark was the bearer of the book of the Word of God, which was placed in the middle of the altar as a sign that this Word is the foundation of the Catholic Faith.
One can watch stuff live!

I know a seminarian from Ottawa pretty well ... and he's up at the Congress. Hopefully I can wrangle an email or two out of him! :)

Screenshot of the entrance procession at the daily Mass at 11:00 am.

... and a round altar?

Wish I could be there!

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