GALLERY: Sun shines on Corpus Christi Procession

Hundreds of people gathered in Falkirk on Sunday for a Corpus Christi parade.

They were a public witness to the Eucharistic Christ, singing hymns glorifying His name through the town centre.

Thanks to Fr Daniel Doherty and the team at St Francis Xavier's for hosting!


Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

We invite Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to this special day of advice, reflection and prayer on their role at their parish.

Our theme for the event is 'Mary, Mother of the Eucharist'. Fr Jamie McMorrin (St Margaret's, Davidson's Mains) will give an inspiring talk on the Eucharist and learning to love the Eucharistic Jesus with Mary.

This event takes place at 11am at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB, on Saturday 4 February 2023. Register here.

There will be a reflection from an extraordinary minister before exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and an opportunity for Confession.

You will also get the chance to meet and chat with fellow extraordinary ministers from across the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

Event organised by the Catechetics Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Register here.

Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are invited to a day of reflection and prayer from 11am-3pm on Saturday 4 February.

It takes place at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB. Light lunch provided, free parking onsite.

Register now at

Pastoral Letter: truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist

On this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), the Bishops of Scotland proclaim the truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist and encourage us to centre our lives on its celebration at Mass. Read it below or here.

Pastoral letter of the Bishops of Scotland on the Holy Eucharist

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion with the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion in the body of Christ? As there is one bread, so we, though many, are one body for we all share in the one bread.”

St Paul is speaking here of the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, and of the unity it both symbolises and brings about.

His words are timely in the wake of the pandemic - a pandemic which affected all of us and some cruelly so, which even separated us from the celebration of the Mass and so from one another. We need to come together again and recover our “communion in the body of Christ”.

On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), the Bishops of Scotland want to proclaim the truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist and encourage all the faithful to centre their lives once again on its celebration at Mass.

At the unforgettable liturgy in Bellahouston Park on 1 June 1982, Pope St John Paul II gave this simple advice: “Be faithful to your daily prayers, to the Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Penance, meeting regularly with Jesus as a loving and merciful Saviour.

Forty years on, the Bishops of Scotland want to echo that appeal. The Eucharist is a mystery to be believed, to be celebrated and to be lived.

A mystery to be believed

Anticipated in the Old Testament and several Gospel episodes, the Eucharist was instituted by the Lord at the Last Supper and given to the apostles to celebrate in his memory. It is many things. It is thanksgiving and praise to the Father.

It is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the making present and the sacramental offering of his unique sacrifice, enabling the Church to be united to his saving self-gift through the centuries. It is the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Holy Spirit.

It is the paschal banquet, in which we eat his flesh and drink his blood, become his body and heirs of the resurrection.

The Eucharist is the summit and source, the heart and centre of our Christian life.

Somewhat as the rhythmic beating of our hearts draws in our lifeblood to send it out purified and re-oxygenated, so a pattern of eucharistic worship draws our own lives into God’s heart and fills them with the Holy Spirit.

A mystery to be celebrated

We experience this especially at Sunday Mass.

St Ignatius of Antioch, the early Christian martyr, understood Christianity as “living according to the Lord’s Day”.

He meant that Christians draw their strength from encountering the risen Christ in the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. Let us recall here what it is we enter into at Mass. We come to church, each with our differences.

We come of our own free will, but also, beyond that, moved by the Holy Spirit. In the opening moments of the Mass, the Spirit rekindles our common faith, draws us together and brings us, forgiven sinners, before the Lord.

We are no longer just our separate selves. We are now a worshipping community, the Church gathered in this place and turning to its Lord. When the Mass is full of music and song, we feel this all the more

In the Liturgy of the Word, the God’s living word addresses us. It is proclaimed in the Scriptures and linked to our lives by the homily.

In the Profession of Faith and Prayers of the Faithful, we respond in faith and prayer. In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we are drawn further still into the reality of Christ.

In the bread and wine presented to the Lord at the Offertory, we bring to the Father the gifts of nature, our human work and the joys and hardships of our lives.

In the Eucharistic Prayer, this bread and wine are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ given for us and his Blood poured out for us.

As the self-offering of Christ is commemorated and made present among us, the whole Church and each and all of us offer our Amen and become a sacrifice pleasing to God.

Through him, with him and in him, we give thanks to the Father in union with the angels and the saints, while our prayer reaches out to the living and the dead, the Church and the world.

In the Rite of Communion, we pray for forgiveness and peace and find ourselves at the Table of the Lord, called to his Supper.

The risen Lord himself, the true Passover Lamb, comes to feed us with himself. Even if we cannot receive him sacramentally, we are never deprived of his blessing.

Finally in the blessing and dismissal we are sent out to live what we have shared.

A mystery to be lived

The Eucharist does not end with the Mass.

It is prolonged, for example, in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, something to be greatly encouraged. It is destined, too, to extend still further into the whole of our life as members of the Church. Through the Eucharist we become what we receive, namely the Body of Christ.

There is no corner of our humanity and our Christian life which the Eucharist cannot enter, purify and raise to a new level. Any commitment to prayer, to community life, to our own family and friends or to our work can be inspired and nourished by it.

Any form of caring, the task of teaching and educating, any form of social service or pastoral care can become part of “living by the Lord’s Day” and be an overflow of Christ’s self-gift.

Any passion for the unity of Christians or for deeper relationships with those of other faiths, for social justice or outreach to the poor and marginalised, can be fuelled by the power of the Eucharist. It “is also a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation.”

Thanks to the Eucharist, these various efforts become more than personal causes; they are taken up into the charity of Christ; they become part of the life of the Church, Christ’s Body and Bride, in the world. Christ’s presence is extended into the whole of life.

The synodal process to which Pope Francis is urging us can also find its pattern in active participation in the Liturgy. Even the bother and tedium of daily life take on deeper meaning in the sacrifice of Christ. And there is no suffering which his Heart has not embraced.

Thanks to the joy of the Eucharist, the “medicine of immortality”, even death loses its power, as we experience at a Funeral Mass.

This is why we, as your Bishops, desire that Christ’s great Eucharistic gift be continually acknowledged in faith, celebrated in prayer and lived out in love. We encourage all, especially our families and young people, to live by the Lord’s Day.

We ask your prayers for vocations to the priesthood. We pray that the Eucharist may amaze us more and more, “as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

Yours devotedly in Christ,

+ Hugh Gilbert Bishop of Aberdeen, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

+ Leo Cushley Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh

+ William Nolan Archbishop of Glasgow

+ Joseph Toal Bishop of Motherwell

+ Stephen Robson Bishop of Dunkeld

+ John Keenan Bishop of Paisley

+ Brian McGee Bishop of Argyll and the Isles

Rev. William McFadden Diocesan Administrator, Diocese of Galloway


EVENT GUIDE: Corpus Christi Procession

Archbishop Cushley invites all Catholics in the Archdiocese to take part in a Corpus Christi procession today (Sunday 19 June) in Falkirk. Event guide here.

Watch his message below or on YouTube.

Where/When to meet
Gather at the bandstand in Falkirk High Street from 2:30pm. We begin at 3pm. Google Map here.

We will walk down the High Street before turning right onto Hope Street where St Francis Xavier's Church is based. This is expected to take around 20 minutes.

What happens en route?
Eucharistic hymns will be sung and a booklet of hymns will be provided. Archbishop Leo Cushley will carry the Blessed Sacrament under a canopy. You will be guided where to stand.

Will bystanders know what's happening?
Probably not, so event volunteers will be equipped with a simple leaflet to hand out which explains what we're doing and why we're doing it.

What happens at the Church?
Once we arrive at St Francis Xavier's there will be a period of adoration and a simple Benediction service. This will take around 15-20 mins.

Yes, in the church hall after Benediction.

Where can I park?
Parking is free in Falkirk town centre on Sundays and there are plenty of public parking options. Parking spaces at the church are limited. There is an Asda across the road from the church with free parking (a 10 min walk to the Bandstand where the procession begins).

Notes for parents
If your child is an altar server please encourage them to wear their cassock.
If your child recently made their First Holy Communion please dress them in what they wore on that day.


WATCH: Eucharistic Adoration in South Queensferry

The 40 Hours' Devotion began today (Sunday 5 June) at St Margaret's Church in South Queensferry and continues until Tuesday. Spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.


Want to find out more about Eucharistic Adoration? Watch our prep videos at

EVENT: Join us for a Family Afternoon on 25 June

Families are invited to join us at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh for a special event focusing on The Eucharist: Source of Family Love.

The day takes place on Saturday 25 June, 2-5pm and you can register on our Eventbrite page here (free event).

The day includes:

  • Separate sessions for adults and children.
  • Family prayer time in St Margaret's Chapel onsite.
  • Games/workshops led by the Servidora Sisters from Fife.

The garden of the Gillis Centre, at 100 Strathearn Road, is large and perfect for children to play in, so we hope the sun will shine!

Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend and there is free parking onsite. This event coincides with the 10th World Meeting of Families taking place in Rome.

Family Afternoon, Saturday 25 June, 2-5pm, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh. Details and registration at Event organised by the Marriage & Families Commission.

Adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament this year

Here are the January dates for the 40 Hours' Devotion which is taking place throughout this year.

Prepare yourself to experience Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with our series of videos on our YouTube channel. Click here.

Rome grants Indulgence for 40 Hours’ Devotion

Rome has granted an indulgence to those who pray before the Blessed Sacrament as part of the Archdiocese's 40 Hours' Devotion.

Archbishop Cushley petitioned the Vatican to make the request and was pleased to hear that it was recently granted. It means that those who spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament as part of the 40 Hours' Devotion receive the indulgence under the usual conditions.

Archbishop Cushley said: "I am grateful to the Holy Father for this spiritual gift to the people of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

"During this time of grace for us, I invite everyone to hear again the Lord's question to the disciples on the night that He instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice: ‘Could you not watch one hour with me?’. I am praying that many will respond with an emphatic ‘yes, Lord’ over the coming year.”


The 40 Hours' Devotion launches at St Mary's Cathedral at 1pm on Sunday (28 November). It will then take place in all parishes throughout this new liturgical year (see the schedule here.)

There will be Eucharistic Adoration throughout the day with guided Holy Hours from Fr Scott Deeley (Sunday), Mgr Andrew McFadden (Monday) and Archbishop Cushley (Tuesday).

An indulgence is described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as:

"... a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."(CCC 1471) .

Prepare for the Eucharist Adoration in your parish by watching our video series 'Jesus in the Eucharist and You' on our YouTube channel here.

WATCH: Parishioners' testimonials on the Eucharist

Clergy and laity in the Archdiocese have collaborated on a new video series highlighting the beauty and importance of the Eucharist.

Jesus in the Eucharist and You is three sessions to help Catholics prepare for the forthcoming 40 Hours' Devotion, taking place in parishes throughout the coming liturgical year.

Archbishop Cushley is to relaunch the "simple and beautiful tradition" of 40 hours' Devotion this Advent.

It will see each parish in the Archdiocese have 40 hours of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament so people can come together to pray in silence before the Lord.


What is it?
A series of three videos, titled Jesus in the Eucharist and YOU.

When can I watch it?
On our YouTube channel, Monday 8th, 15th, 22nd November at 7:30pm.

Why is the Archdiocese doing this?
To help prepare you for the forthcoming 40 Hours' Devotion. It is a time of Eucharistic Adoration that will take part in each parish over the forthcoming year.

When does the 40 Hours' Devotion happen in my parish?
You can see the schedule here or below.

What has Archbishop Cushley said about it?
Archbishop Cushley is launching the 40 Hours' Devotion "in order to foster a rediscovery of the great gift of Christ’s abiding presence in the Eucharist", particularly following the negative impact of the Covid pandemic. Read his pastoral letter about it here.