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50th International Eucharistic Congress to have a unique level of ecumenical involvement

From the official website of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, to be held in Dublin from June 10 to 17, 2012:

IEC2012 launches Ecumenical Programme 
Thursday January 19, 2012  

IEC2012 launched the ecumenical programme, a unique element of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which takes place in June 2012.  

At the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th-25 January) the organising committee of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress launched the ecumenical programme of the Congress. The ecumenical programme will take place on the first day of the Congress, Monday 11th June.  

The Congress will celebrate and reflect on the relationship of Communion into which Christians are drawn through baptism.  

Most Rev. Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin will celebrate a Liturgy of Word and Water. Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of the Russian Orthodox Church will preach the homily. Brother Alois Löser, Prior of Taizé, will give a catechesis on Baptism. 


Speaking at the launch of the ecumenical programme, Father Kevin Doran, Secretary General in IEC2012 said: "These concrete expressions of our communion can help to place more focus on the unity which we already have as Christians". 


The above-linked document on the ecumenical programme for this year's International Eucharistic Congress notes that the level of ecumenical involvement in it is unique compared to those of previous International Eucharistic Congresses:

While previous Congresses have sometimes included an ecumenical workshop or prayer, the extensive involvement of Christians of other traditions in so many elements of this Congress (preparation of pastoral resources; Congress week programme; youth programme) is quite unique...

Fr. Doran expressed his hope that “these concrete expressions of our communion can help to place more focus on the unity which we already have as Christians”.

The document further notes that the "Liturgy of Word and Water" to be celebrated by the Anglican Archbishop of Dublin will be the International Eucharistic Congress' principal liturgy on its first full day (June 11). A number of Protestants will also make presentations in the course of the Congress.

CLARIFICATION: As stated in the post, the ecumenical "Liturgy of Word and Water" will be the principal liturgy of the first full day (the 11th of June) of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. However, it is not the opening liturgy. The opening liturgy will be a Mass to be offered by the papal legate on the previous day, the 10th of June. The full schedule of the Congress can be found here.

[Thanks to the National Review's Corner for linking to us.]

37 comments:

NotFunny said...

"Most Rev. Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin will celebrate a Liturgy of Word and Water..."

I suppose that this will be a Thriller for liberals.

CredoUtIntelligam said...

Am I understanding this right? The International Eucharistic Congress is beginning with a liturgy celebrated by a layman, which thus cannot involve the Eucharist at all.

From the press release:

Other significant ecumenical interventions during the week include: Rev. Nicky Gumbel, of Alpha International, who will address the theme of reconciliation, and a presentation by Rev Ruth Patterson, Director of Restoration Ministries, on being ‘Companions on the Journey’ of faith.

Oh dear . . .

RipK said...

Remember Piero Marini who for twenty years served as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations? He is now the President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses!

Rumold said...

Remember in prayer all those who over the years went to the stake for their belief in the Real Presence.What a betrayal of them that the principal opening liturgy of a Catholic international Eucharistic Congress should be conducted by a Protestant archbishop!It says much about the wretched state of the Church in Dublin.

Fearghus said...

Doesn't this make perfectly good sense: a non-Eucharistic service to open a Eucharistic Congress?

ECUMANIA

A few days ago the (Catholic) bishop of Dublin declared that he was "absolutely at home" in the Anglican Church:

http://dublindiocese.ie/content/homily-ecumenical-service-st-patrick’s-church-dalkey

Poor ++Charles J. Brown!

Augustinus said...

The "Liturgy of Word and Water" will be the principal liturgy of the first full day, which is June 11. Presumably the opening liturgy of the Eucharistic Congress will occur on June 10 (the first day, but not the first full day of the Congress). And presumably it will be a Mass.

Spero said...

Usquequo Domine irasceris in finem accendetur velut ignis zelus tuus?

LeonG said...

What would be more valuable is Roman Catholic unity. The church has been devastated & divided by 50 years of liberal modernism and considers "unity" with protestants and other sects of more importance and significance than genuine unity in the church itself. This is the humbug of post-conciliar ecumenism. Should we be praying for this.

Rumold said...

A Eucharistic Congress organised by a Catholic Archbishop who is "completely at home" in the Anglican church can be expected to take this form.When the whole affair is under the general supervision of ++ Piero Marini one should not be surprised at all.The one redeeming feature is that the Holy Father will not be attending.Good for him!

Shane said...

Sickening.

Compare the 1932 International Eucharistic Congress hymn book (see also the photos and videos) with the official Congress anthem to be used this year.

Delphina said...

The past two weeks have not been good.

This makes me even more sick than I was.

Lee Lovelock-Jemmott said...

Heresy and a den of wolves is what this will be. Steer far and clear from this abuse !!!

Sven said...

Leon G,

Your point is well taken, but who wants to be united to modernists? In reality they have no desire to be united to faithful Catholics.

LeonG said...

Sven said

RE: Roman Catholic unity!

Picard said...

Heretics holding speaches at an Eucharistic Congress .... - no words!!

OutsideObserver said...

Potentially the most dangerous element in this "ecumenical involvement" is the involvement of non-Catholics in the preparation of the "pastoral resources" to be used in the Eucharistic Congress.

Someone on this thread has linked to the official anthem for this Congress. Let us take a look, shall we?

Though We Are Many - (Bernard Sexton)
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.

1. We gather in this place
round the table of the Lord.
Christ's presence is revealed
in our communion and his Living Word.

2. Now our communion recalls
Christ's death and resurrection.
This living sacrifice
is our salvation now and evermore.

3. And through this shared Eucharist
we are the living Church.
We witness to Christ's love
His living body active in our world.

Missing in all of this -- and obscured by the vagueness of the verses "Christ's presence is revealed / in our communion and his Living Word.", verses that even a Protestant can sing (just like the rest of the hymn) -- is any emphasis on the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. No mention of Transubstantiation, none at all...

OutsideObserver said...

Potentially the most dangerous element in this "ecumenical involvement" is the involvement of non-Catholics in the preparation of the "pastoral resources" to be used in the Eucharistic Congress.

Someone on this thread has linked to the official anthem for this Congress. Let us take a look, shall we?

Though We Are Many - (Bernard Sexton)
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.

1. We gather in this place
round the table of the Lord.
Christ's presence is revealed
in our communion and his Living Word.

2. Now our communion recalls
Christ's death and resurrection.
This living sacrifice
is our salvation now and evermore.

3. And through this shared Eucharist
we are the living Church.
We witness to Christ's love
His living body active in our world.

Missing in all of this -- and obscured by the vagueness of the verses "Christ's presence is revealed / in our communion and his Living Word.", verses that even a Protestant can sing (just like the rest of the hymn) -- is any emphasis on the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. No mention of Transubstantiation, none at all...

PEH said...

Sigh! I so much want to see a united Church again under the leadership of a holy, traditional Pope. Sadly, that does not appear to be in the cards which means, I think, that God is not happy with our petitions. Nevertheless, I'll continue to pray for an end to this division. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

...Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of the Russian Orthodox Church will preach the homily.

This is scandalous.

"Let any Bishop, or Presbyter, or deacon that merely joins in prayer with heretics be suspended, but if he had permitted them to perform any service as Clergymen, let him be deposed."
-Canon XLV of the Holy Apostles

"If any clergymen, or laymen, enter a synagogue of Jews, or of heretics, to pray, let him be both deposed and excommunicated."
-Canon LXV of the Holy Apostles:

"One must not join in prayer with heretics or schismatics."
-Canon XXXIII of Laodicia (Confirmed by the OEcumenical Councils)

Long-Skirts said...

Rumold said...

"Remember in prayer all those who over the years went to the stake for their belief in the Real Presence."

RED

Vestments of red
Altar cloth too
Martyrs who bled
Did this for you.

Gold Tabernacles
Veiled in red’s hue
Martyrs in shackles
Hung for this view.

Red mums full bloomed
In water and brass
Martyrs consumed
Burned for this Mass.

Red rays of sun
Rose-streak the nave
Their suffering done –
Now red we must crave!

Joe said...

"I so much want to see a united Church again under the leadership of a holy, traditional Pope. Sadly, that does not appear to be in the cards which means, I think, that God is not happy with our petitions."

At least since the 1960s, the Church's "new orientation" has been willed by God, according to Popes, Cardinals and bishops.

Piers D'arcy said...

It just goes to highlight what a source of corruption the Irish Bishops are...

Dan said...

Fr. Doran expressed his hope that “these concrete expressions of our communion can help to place more focus on the unity which we already have as Christians”.

Oh, goody. Just what the leaderless, crumbling Church in Ireland needs right now.

JMJ Ora Pro Nobis said...

Archbishop Lefebvre, Pray for us!

What is wrong with the Pope and the curia?! It is hard to see things like this and the approval of the neocats and not wonder what sort of faith (or lack thereof) those in the church have these days...

And what on earth is a liturgy of the word and water? some hodgepodge nonsense they dreamt up to please heretics?

Andrew said...

This stuff makes me so depressed. Sometimes I think I need a break from the Church to keep sane. Intellectually I know that's not the answer, but this constant tinkering with our Faith is driving me nuts. Why can't we just celebrate the Faith as our ancestors did? I am starting to respect the Eastern Orthodox more and more. They change for nobody.

Delphina said...

"At least since the 1960s, the Church's "new orientation" has been willed by God, according to Popes, Cardinals and bishops."

Willed? Or permitted?

Ad Altare Dei said...

When will people see that the Novus Ordo and the whole Second Vatican Council was and is a failed experiment? We all hear about the "fruits" of the council. Were, exactly, are the fruits?

Joe said...

"Willed? Or permitted?"

Willed. That is according to Popes, Cardinals and bishops.

PravoslavieRus said...

To John (Ad Orientem):

Met. Hilarion will give the homily, but that does not necessarily mean that he will pray in common with them. I'm sure that he took this opportunity to be able to make the voice of Orthodoxy heard.

Just like Met. Alexander of Astana, who made it clear during his visit to Assisi III that he didn't participate in common prayer: he merely attended.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

PravoslavieRus,
I am not sure how one can deliver the sermon at a heterodox service and still claim non-participation. I like Met. Hilarion but I think he is crossing a line here. But then again I will confess that I think all of this Ecumenical feel good nonsense is a waste of time at the least and maybe a good deal worse.

In ICXC
John

Josephus Muris Saliensis said...

A major contrast to the Papal Vespers at S Paulo fuori le mura, where the whole thing was directed to bringing all Christians together within the single fold on the True Church under one Shepherd.

rersom said...

The voice of orthodoxy may well be served best by making a public statement stating they can not attend and are boycotting the whole mess. That is the message everyone will understand clearly.

Rersom

Johanna said...

Maybe I am missing something but I thought a Eucharistic Congress was to promote and instill a respect for, and pious reception of, the Blessed Sacrament. If I am correct, why would Protestants who reject transubstantiation or the Orthodox who reject Roman Catholic sacraments 1) be invited to participate and 2) for what possible reason would they accept? Benediction should be really interesting at this Congress.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Johanna
I can't speak for the Protestants but I will make a couple of observations about the Orthodox position. First the Orthodox Church is not of one mind on the subject of Roman Catholic sacraments. Some accept them as being with grace, some do not, and many (including myself) are agnostic on the subject. I would guess that the invitation was extended on the basis of our having a very similar theology of the Holy Mysteries of the Altar and Pope Benedict XVI harbors hopes of restoration of communion.

That said I am opposed to this ecumenical foolishness. It grossly violates the canons of the Church and can only lead to religious indifference and or confusion among the Orthodox faithful. I am not opposed to cooperation on matters where there is a mutual interest between our churches such as charity or combating the rising tide of secularism and Islamo-Fascism. But we have been holding ecumenical discussions with one another for half a century now and not one point of significant doctrinal difference has been over come or even substantially narrowed. Is there any subject where we have not both fully laid out our respective positions to each other? I think not.

Which leads me to conclude that this is a waste of time. Any Orthodox who wishes to apostatize is free to do so. Any Roman Catholic who wishes to become Orthodox can do so the same way I did.

His Beatitude should stay home.

Nick said...

John (Ad Orientem),
If I may respectfully disagree, the Orthodox Church is of one mind as to whether heretics have the Grace of the Mysteries (Sacraments). They do not, can not, because the Holy Spirit is not where there is error (heresy). However, the Ecumenist "Orthodox" believe that anyone who has Trinitarian Baptism is a full member of the Church, even Arians, Nestorians, Monophysites, Iconoclasts, etc. etc. His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev has on multiple occasions clearly stated that he believes that Roman Catholics do indeed have salfific sacraments and, as its spokesman, that the Moscow Patriarchate believes the same. Annually representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate voluntarily attend Papal Eucharistic Masses and exchange the Kiss of Peace in the Mass, and, at the Eucharistic Divine Liturgy at the Phanar, have the representative cardinal give the joint blessing along with the patriarch. There is absolutely nothing agnostic about any of this. What needs to be honestly recognized is that Ecumenism is the final arch-heresy that encompasses every heresy under the deceptive mantle of love. There is not even a genuine desire for an amalgamation of denominations but rather only a loving acceptance of diversity while joining in fraternal camaraderie. Unlike the Roman Catholics, we Orthodox all too well recognize that our patriarchs and bishops are very capable of being heretics as history sadly has shown. Metropolitan Hilarion's presence and participation in the Eucharistic Congress should not be surprising.

Jaques said...

as a Catholic living in an Orthodox-Slavic county, I can tell you that many people don't have all that bad of an attitude towards Catholics (I've met a wide cross-section of people and the Pope is surprisingly respected.)

They usually don't have much fondness for the newer Protestant groups comming in, but Catholics have been around a long time and there is some level of respect.

To the extent that your average Orthodox person has hang-ups with Catholicism, it seems that the guitar masses, altar girls and Eucharistic ministers, immodest attire, and the sitting (pews) kind of come across as going soft. Also, at least in this country (and I think I can speak for the neighboring ones as well) women cover their hair in Church (much like in pre-1970 USA Catholicism).

I think your average Orthodox believer here would have a pretty good impression of Catholicsm if they saw the Tridentine Mass.

Thankfully as it is, most people are familar with Catholicism via glimpses of the Papal liturgies in news reports and travel into Poland (where a lot of the worst excesses of the N.O. were somewhat contained.)

I always thought some sort of ban on altar-girls could be achieved in the form of a nice "ecumencial" agreement with the Orthodox.

Archbishop Hilarion is a big deal, well respected, very smart, and his prescence at this event means something. Sadly from what I know of the state of the liturgy in Ireland, he wont' be impressed.

Nick said...

Jacques,
I can only respond that the "pretty good impression" that some Orthodox have towards Roman Catholicism only emerged in the pontificate of Paul VI precisely as the TLM was going out of general use and the Ecumaniacs came to the fore. The spiritual sterilization of Communism left the nominally Orthodox in such a state of shock that they are only slowly now getting back on their feet. Of course a TLM is worlds apart from the Clown or Hippie Masses but what divides the Orthodox and the Roman Catholics is much more than superficial liturgical esthetics.