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“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” — John 6:51
Jesus is waiting for you in an adoration chapel near you. Parishes across Arkansas offer eucharistic adoration, some for 24 hours a day. Click on the button above to find an hour that works for you. The Eucharist is the "source and summit of the Christian life." What does that mean? If you seek to learn more, we hope these resources help answer your questions and leave you hungry for more. | Eucharist Resources
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are "calling for a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. They believe that God wants to see a movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist, and then sent out in mission." It begins on the feast of Corpus Christi, June 19, reaches its climax at the National Eucharistic Congress, July 17-21, 2024, in Indianapolis and concludes on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2025, after a year of "going out on mission." | Leer en español.
In a talk about the eucharistic revival, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor explained that the goal is to deepen our understanding of the Eucharist, enrich our worship and energize our sense of mission "for the life of the world." | Read Talk
These three goals are detailed in the 2021 USCCB document, "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church," which "provides a summary of the Church’s doctrine on the Eucharist and is intended to be a point of departure to reignite catechesis and evangelization in anticipation of the eucharistic revival. Its focus is three-fold: kerygma, liturgy and diakonia (or service)," explained Bishop Taylor.
The revival begins in the Diocese of Little Rock with two opening Masses celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi: the first will be celebrated by Bishop Taylor at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock at 4:30 p.m. and the second celebrated by Father John Connell, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers at 5 p.m., both on Saturday, June 18, 2022. This launches a diocesan phase followed by a parish phase, which flows into the National Eucharistic Congress in 2024, which will be the first of its kind in nearly 50 years. | Eucharistic Revival Resources
"During those five days they hope to form and send forth more than 80,000 eucharistic missionaries. Virtual participation over the Internet is a possibility for those who can’t make it, but while that’s better than nothing, it is just not quite the same as being there. So, I hope that large groups from Arkansas will participate in this eucharistic congress in person," Bishop Taylor said.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said: "The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host." We hope the resources below help you enkindle a living relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist.
Pope Francis encourages everyone to visit the "Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and his mercy, preserved in our churches," especially when we are struggling the most, so we can "speak filially with him, listen to him in silence, and peacefully entrust" ourselves to him. Read about the experiences of long-time adorers in Arkansas who also address common myths about adoration or find out what saints have said about eucharistic devotion. Parishes across Arkansas offer adoration, some for 24 hours a day. We invite you to visit the schedule and find a time that works for you.
This five-lesson study from Little Rock Scripture Study explores the biblical theme of meals shared in faithful fellowship and in covenant relationship with God. Old Testament meals and promises provide a foundation for Gospel meals with Jesus, culminating in the Last Supper as it is understood throughout the New Testament. Jesus' bread of life discourse and the early Church's practice of "breaking bread" are also explored. Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayer, and access to online lectures are included.
Arkansas writers discuss their faith in the Eucharist in Understanding Our Church, a long-standing series originally published in Arkansas Catholic, the newspaper for the Diocese of Little Rock. All articles have been reviewed for theological accuracy.
Arkansas Catholic's Lent section focuses on how the real presence has touched the lives of priests and laypeople, offers examples of eucharistic miracles and how to show proper respect and reverence with our hearts and actions to make us ready for an encounter with Jesus.
Arkansas Catholic also offers this short, Mass etiquette guide to help you if you have been away for a while or if you attend every Sunday but always wondered why we do what we do during Mass. It also addresses common questions such as why non-Catholic can't receive Communion and how the Church feels about crying children during Mass.
The bishops of the United States address frequently asked questions about the Church's teaching about the Eucharist as well as other resources explaining the Mass.
This Word on Fire feature offers free videos, articles, homilies and podcasts that dive into what the Church has taught from the beginning about the Eucharist. Or purchase the "Eucharist: Sacred Meal, Sacrifice, Real Presence" study, which includes a DVD, leader and participant guides for group study.
This six-episode podcast addresses how the Eucharist became a big news topic in 2021, the debate about denying Communion to Catholic politicians, the catechetical crisis involving belief in the real presence and more.
The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association and New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia offer an online library explaining the Church's teaching on the Eucharist going all the way back to "The Didache" ("The Lord's Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations"), which dates back to 100 A.D. and contains the oldest recorded eucharistic prayer.
Three recent popes dedicated the following teaching documents on the Eucharist: "Mysterium Fidei" ("The Mystery of Faith") by St. Paul VI (1965); "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" ("Church of the Eucharist") by St. John Paul II (2003); and "Sacramentum Caritatis" ("Sacrament of Charity") by Pope Benedict XVI (2007).
For more information about these, contact Father Juan Guido, diocesan director of divine worship, at (479) 783-7745.
The bishops of the United States published this theological document in 2021, which "provides a summary of the Church’s doctrine on the Eucharist and is intended to be a point of departure to reignite catechesis and evangelization in anticipation of the eucharistic revival. Its focus is three-fold: kerygma, liturgy and diakonia (or service)," according to Bishop Taylor. A new, free, online course is now available from the Augustine Institute. Sign up now!
Bishop Taylor spoke about the upcoming National Eucharistic Revival to Serra Club members in Morris Hall Chapel at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
The official website for the National Eucharistic Revival offers educational resources and details about the National Eucharistic Congress in 2024. It is being updated regularly through this three-year process.
This nationwide survery found that just one-third of U.S. Catholics believe the Eucharist is actual body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. It was the spark to hold a eucharistic revival now.