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Emmaus meal

Come together to break bread, reflect and pray.

Find supporting PowerPoints, discussion questions and more to help you organise an "Emmaus meal" event in your parish, community or group.

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"He took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him." Luke 24:30-31

Through breaking bread together and reflecting on Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and the experiences of our brothers and sisters who do not have enough food, our eyes are opened to the hungry body of Christ in our midst today.

The Emmaus meal booklet provides you with ideas to organise and participate in a simple meal and reflection event and to encourage others in your community to make a difference to people living in poverty.

It is an opportunity to explore the richness of Catholic Social Teaching and Scripture on the theme of food.

Simply download the pdf of the booklet now.

Also find supporting resources and materials below to use on the night, and extended versions of the activity sheets to turn this simple one-off meal event into a four-week programme of reflection throughout Lent.

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  1. Emmaus Meal (1 MB) Download file

    Use this booklet to organise a meal and reflection event in your parish or group. Contains a guide to organising the event for leaders, information on the food system, reflection and prayers, case studies and recipes from Sierra Leone, Kenya, El Salvador and Bangladesh and a menu of actions to get everyone involved.

  2. On the road to Emmaus (24 kB) Download file

    We pray that we may recognise Christ in our sharing

  3. PowerPoint reflection on food (3 MB) Download file

    Use this PowerPoint to form the basis of your opening reflection during your Emmaus meal, or to use alone and with others to reflect.

  4. The Body of Christ - St John Chrysostom (25 kB) Download file

    An excerpt from a sermon by St John Chrysostom on the Gospel of Matthew, warning against adorning the church building whilst not caring for the members of Christ's body who are in need.

  5. Study guide: Extended activity sheets (473 kB) Download file

    Extended versions of the activity sheets from the Emmaus meal booklet, which can be used to form the basis of a four-week programme of reflection and discussion on the theme of food.

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