In a year's time, around 10,000 pilgrims are expected to gather to adore the Blessed Sacrament

The three-day Eucharistic Congress, titled Adoremus [let us adore], will take place in Liverpool from 7–9 September 2018 and involve every Catholic diocese in the two countries. On the first day, there will be a Theological Symposium, which will include workshops for parish catechists, R.E. teachers, hospital and prison chaplains, seminary communities and extraordinary ministers. An anticipated 10,000 pilgrims will gather at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on day two, for a six-hour stage programme, concluding with adoration. On the final day, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession.

An anticipated 10,000 pilgrims will gather at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on day two, for a six-hour stage programme, concluding with adoration. On the final day, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession.

Earlier this year, Cardinal Nichols wrote in his Pastoral Letter to Westminster Diocese for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi: “Through this event, and all the preparation taking place before it, we seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society. Every diocese will be taking part and I hope that many of you will be willing to make the pilgrimage to this Eucharistic Congress next September. Incidentally, the last National Eucharistic Congress took place in 1908 and permissions for a public procession with the Blessed Sacrament were refused!

“Every diocese will be taking part and I hope that many of you will be willing to make the pilgrimage to this Eucharistic Congress next September. Incidentally, the last National Eucharistic Congress took place in 1908 and permissions for a public procession with the Blessed Sacrament were refused!

“There is good reason why our participation should be strong.”

The pilgrimage aims to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Bishops’ Conference Media Office confirmed that Liverpool was chosen as the preferred location because of its “good transport links to enable most pilgrims to get there and back for a six-hour event in one day; large Cathedral; universities; Catholic tradition; large venue availability.”