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Bishop Davies encourages Catholics across Diocese to spend ‘generous time’ in Eucharistic Adoration


Catholics across the Diocese of Shrewsbury are being asked to make private acts of Eucharistic adoration in their parishes to coincide with an historic congress in Liverpool next Sunday.

In a pastoral letter read out in churches and chapels of the Diocese on Sunday September 2, Bishop Mark Davies told the faithful that they can “spiritually” participate in the National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage even if they are unable to be physically present.

The Bishop encouraged Catholics to make their own “personal pilgrimage by spending some generous time in adoration of Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament” next Sunday, the final day of the three-day event.

“Eucharistic Adoration is the consequence of the Eucharistic celebration which is itself the Church’s supreme act of adoration,” said Bishop Davies.

“St John Vianney said this time will be the happiest moments we spend on earth,” he said. “Let us also make reparation for all our coldness and indifference towards so great a Gift as we recognise that ‘in the Eucharist Jesus does not give us a “thing” but himself’.

“May this also be a moment to pray for those in our own families, parishes and our nation as a whole who may have lost sight of so great a Love revealed in the Eucharist, ‘a love which knows no measure’.”

Bishop Davies added: “May this coming Sunday be marked by such adoration renewed not only in the hearts of the delegates gathered in Liverpool but in every parish and community of our Shrewsbury Diocese.”