Tuesday, July 23, 2024

‘Visibly Christian:’ Devotion to Eucharist on Display in Danville

“Can people tell we are visibly Christian?”

Bishop Timothy Senior posed this question to a congregation of men, women and children, clergy, and religious gathered at the Basilica of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Danville on Thursday evening, June 6.

They were present for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, after making a Eucharistic Procession along the grounds of Villa Sacred Heart, displaying their love for the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

“Fruitfulness of the Eucharist is that Jesus is evident in us, which in our world today is important,” the bishop told the congregation, seated in the basilica, with the Blessed Sacrament enthroned on the altar in front of them.

The celebration in Danville was one of several Diocesan-wide events during the 8 Days of Eucharistic Joy, a local initiative in conjunction with the National Eucharistic Revival. The revival is a grassroots response of the Church to the invitation to be united around the source and summit of the faith in the celebration of the Eucharist.

“We all need to rekindle a reverence for the Holy Eucharist – that is why we are doing these 8 Days of Eucharistic Joy,” Bishop Senior said of the celebrations. They began with the ordination of four priests on June 1 and included a local portion of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage in the Hanover area June 4, the consecration of the Diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus June 7 and a Mass and procession at the State Capitol on June 8, as well as a number of parish-level Masses, processions and educational offerings.

For the Eucharistic celebration in Danville, Catholics gathered at Maria Hall for Adoration and then joined in a Eucharistic Procession and recitation of the Rosary along the Villa grounds to the basilica, where Bishop Senior gave his homily and led the faithful in Benediction.

“The Eucharist forms us as His disciples, and when we receive Jesus, He nourishes our souls,” the bishop said.

“The Eucharist is a foreshadowing of where Jesus is taking us; a glimpse into what eternity is and where heaven meets earth now. We are never closer to Him than when we receive the Eucharist,” he said.

“Our hope is in the Real Presence,” he said. “He gave us the Eucharist to perpetually be with us…. We become more like Jesus the more we receive the Eucharist.”

(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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