April 19, 2024

Many opportunities for unique Mass experiences available during National Eucharistic Congress

National Eucharistic Congress logoCriterion staff report

It is only fitting that a national congress focused on the Eucharist would have multiple opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist—including in different forms.

So it will be during the National Eucharistic Congress (NEC) in Indianapolis on July 17-21.

On July 18-20, three Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m.—one in English at Lucas Oil Stadium, and one in Spanish and one specifically for youths, both at the Indiana Convention Center.

Participants will also have several liturgy options at 4 p.m. on July 18 and 19—some at the convention center and some off-site.

At the convention center, 4 p.m. Mass options include Mass in English on July 18 and 19, and also in Vietnamese on July 19.

The off-site 4 p.m. options on July 18 and 19 offer a chance to celebrate the liturgy in a different form. One is the traditional Latin Mass (according to the 1962 Missal), which will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church at 520 Stevens St, in Indianapolis. The other is the Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy at St. Athanasius the Great Byzantine Church at 1117 Blaine Ave., also in Indianapolis. Two forms, two days—an opportunity to worship at each!

In the place of afternoon Mass opportunities on July 20, a eucharistic procession will take place in the streets of Indianapolis from 3-5 p.m.

The Congress itself closes on July 21 with a Mass from 10 a.m.-noon in Lucas Oil Stadium. This special Mass will be celebrated by a papal delegate, with hundreds of priests and bishops from throughout the United States and music by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. †

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