Friday, June 20, 2008

Celebrating 400 years

The city of Quebec is abuz this week. People from all continents have converged there to participate in the International Eucharistic Congress. Although these International Congresses have been in existence for quite some time, they have rarely taken place in Canada, so this is truly a rare occasion.

Not only have participants come from all parts of the globe, but the presenters themselves have also come from various parts of Europe, from South America, from the United States of America, and points beyond.

This is also an opportunity for the Church to breathe with her two lungs, since both the Eastern and the Western Church are present, benefiting from the wisdom that we share with one another, and the vast experience which enriches us. Some of the Divine Liturgy has been recorded and is available for public viewing, including the Prokeimenon, the Cherubic hymn 'Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim', and the Gregorian song in preparation for the proclamation of the gospel:

In addition, various conferences and catechesis sessions have been recorded. Speakers include the Cardinal Archbishops of Lyon (France), Krakow (Poland), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Washington (USA) and Detroit (USA). In addition, other presentations have been made on the subject of the Eucharist and the Family, and the Eucharist as Communion between peoples.

The IEC concludes on Sunday of this week. More coverage will be posted as it becomes available.

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