Corpus Christi events kick off three-year National Eucharistic Revival
June 20, 2022
The June 19 Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – also known as Corpus Christi – inaugurated a three-year National Eucharistic Revival organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Weekend Corpus Christi events launching the initiative in the Archdiocese of Omaha included a 17-year-old Corpus Christi procession between Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Peter churches in Omaha, which drew about 700 participants despite sweltering afternoon heat.
Other events included an evening Corpus Christi procession on June 18, the vigil of Corpus Christi, beginning and ending at St. Gerald Parish’s Lakeview Chapel in Ralston. About 70 people were part of the half-mile procession, according to Father Marcus Knecht, associate pastor at St. Gerald Parish.
Another 400 people participated in a morning Corpus Christi procession June 19 that began and ended at Immaculate Conception Church in Omaha, said Father John Berg of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, pastor of the parish.
Ablaze Worship kicked off the weekend with a eucharist revival on June 17, with outdoor praise and worship at SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion. About 200 people joined in, said Father Michael Voithofer, founder of Ablaze and pastor of St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Omaha, who led the crowd in song and prayer.
The National Eucharistic Revival – with the theme “Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ, Source of Our Healing and Hope” – aims to enkindle “a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist” in each individual, the USCCB said in a press release.
U.S. bishops saw the need for the revival, voting for it overwhelmingly last November. A 2019 Pew Research Study indicated that 70% of Catholics didn’t believe in Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist.
“All Catholics are invited into a renewed encounter with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, especially those Catholics who don’t fully understand the power of the Eucharist,” said Bishop Andrew Cozzens, chairman of the board of the National Eucharistic Congress, the culminating event of the three-year revival, set to take place in Indianapolis in 2024.
People are encouraged to sign up for a weekly newsletter for inspiration, testimonies, eucharistic teachings and news about National Eucharistic Revival events at https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/heart-of-the-revival-newsletter.
People also can be involved through prayer, fasting, penance and testimony and can visit https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/get-involved for more information.