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Ecclesia de Eucharistia is an encyclical by Pope John Paul II published on April 17, . External links[edit]. Ecclesia de Eucharistia · Summary issued by the Vatican Press Office, Zenit, 17 April REFLECTIONS ON ECCLESIA DE EUCHARISTIA. 1 – Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F.. Cardinal Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the. On Holy Thursday this year () our Holy Father Pope John Paul II published a Letter on the Eucharist (Ecclesia de Eucharistia). Since Jesus talks of himself.

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It is in continuity with the practice of the Apostles, in obedience to the Lord’s command, that the Church has celebrated the Eucharist down the centuries. Clearly, he could ecclesi have more fittingly expressed his gratitude for the Holy Eucharist and for his ministry as priest, Bishop and Pope, which comes from and is in service of our Eucharistic Lord.

Each sukmary these letters has been a reflection, in some way, on the Holy Eucharist, the heart of the priestly life and ministry. The Eucharist presupposes a community that it will bring to perfection. If we also consider the social and cultural conditions of the modern world it is easy to understand how priests face the very real risk of losing their focus amid such a great number of different tasks.

The Holy Eucharist fulfills our desire for unity with one another in a way beyond all our imagining; it makes us one with each other in the divine Son of God. The Holy Father is inspired by the teaching of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which reminds us that the work of our redemption continues to be carried out in the Church, principally by the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass.

The sacrament of Penance allows the faithful to prepare themselves for the Eucharist by unburdening their consciences of sin. The judgment of one’s state of grace obviously belongs only to the person involved, since it is a question of examining one’s conscience.

In the humble signs of bread and wine, changed into his body and blood, Christ walks beside us as our strength and our food for the journey, and he enables us to become, for everyone, witnesses of hope. In this gift Jesus Christ entrusted dd his Church the perennial making present of the paschal mystery. The Heavenly Bread, which is the Holy Ecclssia, is essentially sacrificial, it is the Body and Blood of Christ, offered and poured out for us as He gave up His life for us on the cross.

The Pope then goes on to write that the Eucharist is the principal and chief reason for the sacrament of the priesthood which effectively came into being at the moment of the institution of the Eucharist.


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For the person of faith, all other goods in life are seen always in relationship to the Holy Eucharist, the greatest good in our life. Opere AsceticheAvellino, Could there ever be an adequate means of expressing the acceptance of that self-gift which the divine Bridegroom euchzristia makes to his Bride, the Church, by bringing the Sacrifice offered once and for all on the Cross to successive generations of believers and thus becoming nourishment for all the faithful?

The Eucharist thus appears as both the source and the summit of all evangelization, since its goal is the communion of mankind with Christ and in him with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Each member of the faithful can thus take part in it and inexhaustibly gain its fruits. It also helps us to give faithful witness to the truth regarding the Holy Eucharist, so that the Blessed Sacrament fosters unity within the Church and among all Christians. Christ himself, our passover and eccleia bread. But in a special way it should fill the minister of the Eucharist.

The role of the priest is critical, a priest ordained by a ecclseia who is part summary the apostolic succession.

Rather, it is sharing in the divine communion which alone can bring mankind to unity and peace n. The Holy Father points out a contrasting situation regarding the Holy Eucharist in the Church today, which he, as Bishop of the Universal Church, must address.

Finally, the Holy Father points out that the laity or consecrated persons who share in the pastoral care of the parish are obliged to do all that they can to foster the love of the Holy Eucharist among the faithful and their desire to participate in the Mass celebrated by a validly ordained priest.

This sacrifice [of Calvary] is so decisive for the sjmmary of the human race that Jesus Christ offered it and returned to the Father only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there.

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From that time forward, until the end of the age, the Church is built up through sacramental communion with the Son of God who was sacrificed for our sake: AAS 90 This practice, repeatedly praised and recommended by the Magisterium, 49 is supported by the example ducharistia many saints. First of all, the manner in which a priest celebrates the Mass and brings the Holy Eucharist to others outside of Mass will inspire very much those whom God is ecclesla to the ordained priesthood.

Every commitment to holiness, every activity aimed at carrying out the Eucharistix mission, every work of pastoral planning, must draw the strength it needs from the Eucharistic mystery and in turn be directed to that mystery as its culmination.

Clearly, it is a delicate process because there may be elements of the local culture which need purification and transformation before they can serve the Eucharistic mystery. Through the institution of the Holy Eucharist, our Lord made it possible for us to become one body with Him.


In Latin In English. This page was last edited on 19 Mayat O sacrum convivium, in quo Christus sumitur! They may receive these Sacraments under the following conditions, to be verified in the case of each individual who requests the Sacraments:. Liturgy is eccleia anyone’s private property, be it of the celebrant or of the community in which the mysteries are celebrated.

The Holy Eucharist fosters unity among all Christians through the prayer, which it naturally inspires, eucharistai all may be one in Christ. Jean Vanier on the Meaning of the Washing of Feet. He underscores its value, warns that it must always correspond to the ineffable mystery of the Eucharist, and advises “careful review on the part of the competent ecclesiastical authorities”, specifically the Holy See. These are times when the Church is firmly built up and it becomes clear what she truly is: As Saint Ignatius of Antioch wrote: The holy hourthe hour of the redemption of the world.

Priests act in the person of Christ at eucharstia Holy Eucharist and, therefore, bear a heavy responsibility for its worthy celebration.

In my numerous Pastoral Visits I have seen, throughout the world, the great vitality which the celebration of the Eucharist can have when marked by the forms, styles and sensibilities of different cultures. He believed that “It is obvious that John Paul II teaches a Eucharist doctrine closer to what the Protestant reformers [Luther, Melancthon] themselves advocated than to what they condemned in the sixteenth century”, including even his discussion of transubstantiation.

Mary teaches us to grow in the theological virtue of faith. Whenever we celebrate the Eucharist we do so in union with the local bishop and the Pope.

Architecture, sculpture, painting and music, moved by the Christian mystery, have found in the Eucharist, both directly and indirectly, a source of great inspiration. In considering the Eucharist as the sacrament of ecclesial communion, there is one subject which, due to its importance, must not be overlooked: EucharistiaChapter 4: A causal influence of the Eucharist is present at the Church’s very origins.

If the Eucharist is a mystery of faith which so greatly transcends our understanding as to call for sheer abandonment to the word of God, then there can be no one like Mary to act as our support and guide in acquiring this disposition.