Originally published at Southern Cross

SAN DIEGO — From 13th-century St. Thomas Aquinas to contemporary singer-songwriter Sarah Hart, many have tried their hand at writing a hymn about the Eucharist.

The Eucharistic Revival Musical Competition, recently launched by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, is giving others a chance to join their ranks.

“The mystery of the Eucharist is expressed particularly poignantly through the beauty of poetry and music,” said Marilyn Santos, associate director of that secretariat. “Congregational song unites us as a community and reminds us that we are one Body of Christ.”

Catholic composers, poets and songwriters may submit creative entries in a hymn-writing category and a theme song category to give a fresh voice to the truths of the Catholic faith.

Award-winning submissions will be featured at the 2024 National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, used in liturgies and events marking the ongoing Eucharistic Revival in dioceses nationwide, and receive a $2,500 cash prize.

Submissions will be accepted through April 21; the entry fee is $25. Entries can be in English, Spanish or other language. They will be evaluated for poetry, musicality, creativity, theological and doctrinal soundness, beauty, appropriateness for liturgical use, and expression of the mission of the