Tuesday, January 31, 2012

though we are many


"though we are many, we are one body,
we who come to share this living bread;
cup of salvation, shared among all nations,
nourishing us now and evermore." (Bernard Sexton - Though We Are Many, 2010)
for the past few months i have been helping out in all things IEC2012 for the Archdiocese of Ottawa.  our pilgrimage is now shaping up, and since we have our minimum, guess who is going to Dublin, Ireland, in June 2012?  His Grace, of course, accompanied by the whole group, including little ol' me!  good times.  i'm starting to get a bit excited about the whole thing!  i loved the Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, and i look forward in being at the next 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012), Dublin, Ireland, June 8 - 18, 2012.  this year's theme:  "Eucharist:  Communion with Christ, communion with one another."

promoting the Congress has begun almost a year ago, and i will help by providing weekly reflections used in both the Friday Fax + Communiqué du jeudi, at the diocesan level.  feel free to share your experience of Quebec, or any other Eucharistic Congress, as i am also working on providing something for the next quarterly Catholic Ottawa newsletter.  here's the first preview to be seen in your local Friday Fax and, or, Communiqué du jeudi:
"You came among us, doing good and bringing healing, ... " For the past few months we have been preparing for the next Eucharistic Congress. I have been praying the IEC2012 prayer daily, and this particular verse always strikes me! We see Our Lord at work in this weekend's Gospel (Mc 1:29-39). Our Lord continues his ministry today through the Sacrament of the Eucharist, bringing healing to all! I continue to invite you to pray this beautiful prayer as our pilgrims prepare for Dublin in June 2012. peace, Fr. Jonathan. 
"Tu es venu parmi nous, pour faire le bien et apporter la guérison, ..." Depuis septembre dernier, nous nous préparons pour le prochain Congrès. Dès le début j'ai commencer a prier cette belle prière, et cette ligne ma toujours frappé! Nous avons fait l’expérience du travail du Seigneur, dans l'évangile de cette fin de semaine (Mc 1:29-39). Il continue son ministère aujourd'hui à travers le Sacrement de l'Eucharistie, en apportant la guérison pour tous. Je continue de vous invité de prier cette belle prière pour nos pèlerins qui se préparent pour Dublin en juin 2012. union de prière, abbé Jonathan.
IEC2012 Prayer:  Lord Jesus, You were sent by the Father to gather together those who are scattered. You came among us, doing good and bringing healing, announcing the Word of salvation and giving the Bread which lasts forever.

Be our companion on life’s pilgrim way. May your Holy Spirit inflame our hearts, enliven our hope and open our minds, so that together with our sisters and brothers in faith we may recognise you in the Scriptures and in the breaking of bread.  May your Holy Spirit transform us into one body and lead us to walk humbly on the earth, in justice and love, as witnesses of your resurrection.

In communion with Mary, whom you gave to us as our Mother at the foot of the cross, through you may all praise, honour and blessing be to the Father in the Holy Spirit and in the Church, Now and forever. Amen

CEI2012 Prière:  Seigneur Jésus, Tu as été envoyé par le Père pour rassembler ceux qui sont dispersés. Tu es venu parmi nous, pour faire le bien et apporter la guérison, pour annoncer la parole du salut et pour nous donner le Pain qui dure toujours.

Sois notre compagnon sur notre chemin de pèlerins dans la vie. Que ton Esprit Saint enflamme nos cœurs, anime notre espérance et ouvre nos esprits, afin qu'avec nos sœurs et frères dans la foi, nous puissions te reconnaître dans les Ecritures et dans le partage du pain. Que ton Esprit Saint fasse de nous un seul corps et que par lui nous marchions humblement sur la terre, dans la justice et dans l’amour, en vrais témoins de ta résurrection.

En communion avec Marie, que tu nous a donnée comme Mère au pied de la Croix, par Toi, que toute louange, honneur et bénédiction soient rendus au Père dans le Saint-Esprit et dans l'Eglise, maintenant et toujours. Amen.

ps.  you absolutely must check out the IEC2012 website!  it is truly fantastic, groovy and all that jazz.  peace.

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