Ecclesia de Eucharistia is an encyclical by Pope John Paul II published on April 17, . External links. 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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Our Holy Father reminds us that the practice of making a spiritual communion flows from the deep desire of receiving the Body of Christ. In repeating what Christ did at the Last Supper in obedience to his command: He reminds us that the Sacred Liturgy is never the private possession of the priest or the community, and speaks of the deep suffering caused to the faithful by abuses introduced into the celebration of the Mass.
We can say not only that each of us receives Christbut also that Christ receives each of us. Today I take up anew the thread of that argument, with even greater emotion and gratitude in my heart, echoing as it were the word of the Psalmist: Therefore, it is never permitted to give Holy Communion to someone who dissents from the truth of faith regarding the Holy Eucharist or who is unbaptized n.
The Eucharist also expresses this sense of apostolicity. 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.
I myself, in the first years of my apostolic ministry in the Chair of Peter, wrote the Apostolic Letter Dominicae Cenae 24 February8 in which I discussed some aspects of the Eucharistic mystery and its importance for the life of those who are its ministers. Participation in the Holy Eucharist, when it is sincere, leads us to examine anything which separates us from one another, and to seek reconciliation.
A eucharistla and transcendent mystery, indeed, and one that taxes our mind’s ability to pass beyond appearances. Theologians and saints, down the Christian centuries, have desired to plumb ever more the depth of the mystery of the Eucharist, of the profound reality which transubstantiation expresses.
But it is above all its apostolicity that dde must now consider. A community that celebrates the Eucharist must be in harmony with its bishop and the pope, and Sunday Mass is of fundamental importance to our expression of community.
Each member of the faithful can thus take part in it and inexhaustibly gain its ed. On his 25th Holy Thursday as pope, he issued this encyclical instead, addressed to all Catholics: Editio typica tertia, No. I consider it my duty, therefore to appeal urgently that the liturgical norms for the celebration of the Eucharist be observed ecclesai great fidelity.
Parishes are communities of the baptized who express and affirm their identity above all through the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Here is the Church’s treasure, the heart of the world, the pledge of the fulfilment for which each man and woman, even unconsciously, yearns.
This would result in slowing the progress being made towards full visible unity. The Holy Eucharist is the pledge of our future destiny in and with Christ n.
The Eucharist creates communion and fosters communion. During the Great Jubilee of the Year I had an opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist summaey the Cenacle of Jerusalem where, according to ducharistia, it was first celebrated by Jesus himself. With discerning faith a distinguished writer of the Byzantine tradition voiced this truth: The profound relationship between the invisible and the visible elements of ecclesial communion is constitutive of the Church as the sacrament of salvation.
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 calling to the ordained priesthood.
The Holy Eucharist confirms the unity of the many members of Christ 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. In Latin In English.
Christ can only become the Bread of Life for us because He is risen from the dead and is alive for us in the Church. The pastoral charity, which is expressed in every truly pastoral act of a priest, comes chiefly from the Holy Eucharist. If a Christian’s conscience is burdened by serious sin, then the path of penance through the sacrament of Reconciliation becomes necessary for full participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice.
For this reason too, the Lord wished to remain with us in the Eucharist, making his presence in meal and sacrifice the promise of a humanity renewed by his love.
The Eucharist is given to believers so that their life may become a continuous Magnificat in honor of the Most Holy Trinity. To attempt the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with those who are not in full communion with the Church is not a means of fostering unity and, in fact, becomes an obstacle to unity because it ignores what yet divides us and causes confusion about truths of the faith n. Considering sucharistia implications of Ecclesia for the relationship between the Catholic Eucharitsia and evangelicals, Mark Noll wrote that it would resonate with those Protestants who adhere to the idea of the real presence rather than communion as summzry memorial, though all would welcome its reliance on Scripture.
The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: