Prayers, reflections, and other information on the Holy Eucharist

Most Rev. Richard E. Pates, Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession 2005, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt

    “The most marvelous, abiding gift of Christ’s resurrection is the holy Eucharist, which offers to us, who profess our Catholic faith, the very body and blood, soul and divinity of God’s only begotten son.”

    “I encourage you to join us for this special gathering. I also encourage parishes to have their own local processions. Our belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the holy Eucharist is a central tenet of our Catholic faith. We ought not hide that belief under a bushel basket, but rather publicly display it for all the world to see!”

—The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, “Celebrating the Real Presence,” That They May All Be One, The Catholic Spirit,
May 22, 2008.

    “I am fully convinced that we ought never celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi without a procession.... As you leave the Church and get into your cars to go home, think of yourselves as continuing the procession that we have just experienced. This is quite possible because you are actually carrying within you the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Take that presence proudly and with full consciousness to all those you will meet during this next week. Share that presence joyfully and lovingly with every person you see—wherever they live, wherever they work, wherever they socialize. Let your personal Corpus Christi procession bring Christ to the world of your every day life.”

—The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, homily, Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession, Cathedral of St. Paul, May 25, 2008.

Corpus Christi and Eucharistic processions
Eucharistic Adoration
Reflections by Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI
Reflections by Pope John Paul II and Paul VI (Holy See roundup for Year of the Eucharist)
Meditations through the ages
Eucharistic Saints (Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ)

Questions on the Holy Eucharist with Answers from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Corpus Christi Catechism Fund bookmark questions and answers.

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers
La Presencia real de Jesucristo en el sacramento de la Eucaristía
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2001.

Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper: On Preparing to Receive Christ Worthily in the Eucharist (PDF)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2006.

Quiz on the Eucharist I
Quiz on the Eucharist II
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office for the Catechism.
Quizzes to test your knowledge of the Catechism on the Holy Eucharist.

Questions and Answers on the Eucharist
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pennsylvania,

Mass Times
Locate Mass times and locations anywhere in the U.S.—great for vacations and other travels.

Eucharistic Adoration Chapels
Locate adoration chapels throughout the Archdiocese and U.S.


Do This In Memory of Me:
The Sacred Liturgy as the Splendor of God’s Eternal Glory (English PDF)

(Spanish PDF)
Most. Rev. John C. Nienstedt, pastoral letter, 2011
The Holy Eucharist Unites Heaven and Earth
Francis Cardinal Arinze, address, Eucharistic Congress held at
the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.,
September 25, 2004.

The Reverence due to the Holy Eucharist
Francis Cardinal Arinze, address, The Church Teaches Forum,
Louisville, Ky., July 18, 2003.

The Reality of the Real Presence
Fr. Donald J. Keefe, SJ

The Real Presence
Quotations from the Fathers of the Church.
Catholic Answers

The Veneration of the Holy of Holies
A reconsideration of Eucharistic adoration
by Hans Urs von Balthasar (Elucidations).
Posted on A Catholic Page for Lovers.

Holy Communion (from Three Ages of the Interior Life)
Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

Meditation on the Holy Eucharist (Dr. Chris Thompson)
The Real Presence(s) of Christ in the Life and Thought of Dorothy Day (Dr. Thomas Loome)
The Eucharist as Divinizer (Father Sharbel Maroun)
Overcoming the Disconnection Between Work and Liturgy (Dr. Michael Naughton)

The Real Presence Association: Eucharist Index
Scripture, Vatican II, Eucharistic Miracles, Early Christianity.

The Real Presence Association: Real Presence
Articles and audio programs on the Eucharist.

Resources on the Eucharist
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee on Divine Worship


Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Catholic Answers

Catholics United for the Faith (including “Faith Facts”)

Eternal Word Television Network (ETWN)

Relevant Radio

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Vatican - Holy See / La Santa Sede

ZENIT News Agency / agencia de noticias


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