Journey of the Eucharist, Day 13, Congress ends


Congress concludes

Today was a very important date in the history of the Regnum Christi Movement in Asia. Kiko officially joined Regnum Christi as the first member from Hong Kong. It was a very nice moment as RC family. There were Legionary brothers and fathers, consecrated, and lay people all gather in the Congress’ Chapel for the rite of incorporation. The example of Kiko is very inspiring to all of us.

In the afternoon we went to together to the closing Mass of the Eucharistic Congress. The weather forecast said rain. Instead, the afternoon was pleasant. The Mass took place by the sea, and during the whole time refreshing breeze eased the heat. Hundreds of thousands were present around the altar. At one point, I looked around me and saw groups from Canada, Panama, Thailand, Italy, Bahamas, Taiwan: Every one united like brothers and sisters.

Around communion time a gorgeous sunset unfolded. It was a pretty view to see the pilgrims devoutly receiving the Eucharist as the sunlight gently faded away. It reminded me of the prayer of the disciples of Emmaus: “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” (Lk 24:29) I will never forget the quiet, peaceful thanksgiving prayer as I listened to the 2,500 voices choir singing “Panis Angelicus”.

And the next Congress…

At the end of Mass, they showed to us a video message of Pope Francis. He greeted the pilgrims and announced the host for the next Congress in 2020: Budapest, Hungary. We were sitting right behind the section of the concelebrant priests. I could not help but think that if God allows, in the next Congress the four Legionary Brothers and I might be concelebrating also.

When the Holy Mass was over, they made a goodbye music presentation, and many of the pilgrims were happily dancing. For me that was a little preview of Heaven; we all united around the Eucharist, men and women, children and adults, all nations, dancing and singing in an endless Feast.


About Br Antônio Lemos LC

Br Antônio Lemos is from Curitiba, Brazil. He joined the Legion of Christ in 2006 after a couple of years as a Regnum Christi member. He is a big fan of the Brazilian national soccer team, 1980´s pop culture (specially movies), and St Thomas Aquinas. He is currently studying Theology in Rome.
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