This was the scene today at the Vatican. A mosaic of umbrellas covered St. Peter's Square, as the rain hit down hard. Nonetheless, about 25,000 pilgrims attended the Pope's general audience.
He even joked about the weather.
"Dear brothers and sisters, good morning, but I guess it's not really a pretty day right...It's a bit rough.”
The Pope continued his catechesis on the Sacraments. He has talked about Baptism, Confession and Confirmation, but today he talked about the Eucharist and why it's essential to go to Mass.
"The Eucharist is such a great gift. That's why going to Mass is so important. Going to Mass not just to pray, but to receive Communion, the Bread and Body of Christ. It saves us, forgives us and it makes us one with the Father. How beautiful!”
He then explained that the word 'Eucharist' stems from Greek, and it means thankfulness. The greatest gestures of all, he explained, is the Last Supper, where God's love and mercy come together. He then added that celebrating the Eucharist is not just about honoring the past.
"The Eucharist is more than just a mere feast. It's a way to remember Jesus' Passover, a mystery that's central to our salvation. But when we talk about 'remembering' that doesn't mean that it's just a memory. It means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we become part of the Mystery of His Passion, Death and Resurrection. The Eucharist is the peak of God's Salvation.”
It's through the Eucharist he explained, that it's possible to be in true communion with the Church. That's why it's key for children to make their First Communion.
"It's important for children to properly prepare for their First Communion, so that there's no child without this Sacrament. The Eucharist is a firm firm step towards Jesus, along with Baptism and Confirmation.”
Despite the bad weather, the Pope took his time as he made his way across the Square. Just in case, he opted for closed popemobile that was first used by Benedict XVI.