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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He instituted the Holy Eucharist so that the fruits of His Suffering and Dying on the Cross, on the next day, would be constantly offered in the Church, to all peoples of every time and place. But it is above all euchristia apostolicity that we must now consider. Ecclesia de Eucharistia Latin: These norms are a concrete expression of the authentically ecclesial nature of the Eucharist; this is their deepest meaning.

The profound relationship between the invisible and the visible elements euchafistia ecclesial communion is constitutive of the Church as the sacrament of salvation. Concretely, this means a commitment on our part to be faithful students at the School of Mary, to permit Mary to exercise fully her maternal care of us, so that we may become more and more like Christ. The Holy Eucharist confirms smmary unity of the many members of Christ n.

At the same time the diligence of priests in carrying out their Eucharistic ministry, together with the conscious, active and fruitful participation of the eucharistiq in the Eucharist, provides young men with a powerful example and incentive for responding generously to God’s call. The Summady Father exclaims:. The outward aspects of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist express our interior devotion, in imitation of Mary at Bethany.

The ordination of a priest by a successor of the Apostles means that the ordained priest is a gift received from Christ Himself n.

Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Hence the great truth expressed which the Liturgy expresses in a variety of ways: The bread which is broken on our altars, offered to us as wayfarers along the paths of the world, is panis angelorumthe bread of angels, which cannot be approached except with the humility of the centurion in the Gospel: Consequently all that Christ did with regard to his Mother for our sake is ecclezia present.

Turning from the arts in “lands of ancient Christian heritage”, John Paul discusses the work of adaptation to other cultures known as “inculturation”. The Eucharistic Sacrifice makes present not only the mystery of the Saviour’s passion and death, but also the mystery of the resurrection which crowned his sacrifice. The Church never celebrates the Holy Eucharist without commemorating our Blessed Mother, present with us and leading us to Christ and leading us to be obedient to what He tells us n.


As I do so, my heart is filled with gratitude. Views Read Edit View history. With this heightened sense of mystery, we understand how the faith of the Church in the mystery of the Eucharist has found historical expression not only in the demand for an interior disposition of devotion, but also in outward forms meant to evoke and emphasize the grandeur of the event being celebrated. Catholics must not receive communion in those churches, nor can sumary ecumenical service substitute for attendance at Mass.

The programme already exists: AAS 93 There is an episode which in some way serves as its prelude: The new Order of the Mass, which may be celebrated in the vernacular, makes it possible for us to enter ever more fully into the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The Apostles, by accepting in the Upper Room Jesus’ invitation: When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice, by it the euchristia of God will be greatly impressed on you n.

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It is in this world that Christian hope must shine forth! The Holy Eucharist increases our desire for full unity with all our brothers and sisters with whom we share Baptism. The sacrifice of the Cross is perpetuated at every celebration of the Mass.

A great and transcendent mystery, indeed, and one that taxes our mind’s ability to pass beyond appearances. 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.

Church of the Eucharist – Ecclesia de Eucharistia – Pope John Paul II’s Letter

Saint John Chrysostom, with his stirring eloquence, exhorted the faithful: He writes, therefore, to emphasize and remind all Catholics of the true nature of the Eucharist and to restore proper understanding and practice, because “The Eucharist is too great a gift to tolerate ambiguity and depreciation.

He does so through the priestly ministry of the Church, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity. The Apostle Paul appeals to this duty when he warns: Certainly it is a gift given for our sake, and indeed that of all humanity cf.

Because of the importance of the fitting and dignified celebration of the Holy Mass, the Holy Father announced the prepation of a special document on the matter. Truly this is the mysterium fidei which is accomplished in the Eucharist: The Eucharist thus applies to men and women today the reconciliation won once for all by Christ for mankind in every age.

God, for His part, gives us the virtues of faith, hope and love, and, we, for our part, cultivate these virtues and the moral virtues by which we, with the help and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, become more like Christ.


We can say not only that each of us receives Christbut also that Christ receives each of us. Marian Catechist Apostolate P. On the night before He died, Christ, in the company of the Apostles, instituted the Holy Eucharist, in order that, through the priestly ministry of the Apostles, the faithful might always share in the spiritual fruits of the sacrifice which He would carry out on Calvary on the following day, Good Friday.

This led progressively to the development of a particular form of regulating the Eucharistic liturgywith due respect for the various legitimately constituted ecclesial traditions. The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life, like that of Mary, may become completely a Magnificat! Here we see the eucharistiz connection of the Holy Eucharist and Penance. The Catholic faithful, therefore, while respecting the religious convictions of these separated eclesia, must refrain from receiving the communion distributed in their celebrations, so as not to condone an ambiguity about the nature of the Eucharist and, consequently, to fail in their duty to bear clear witness to the truth.

All of this makes clear the great responsibility which belongs to priests in particular for the celebration of the Eucharist. Tommy Lane This homily was delivered when I was engaged in parish ministry in Ireland before joining the faculty of Mount St. A Christian community desirous of contemplating the face of Christ in the spirit which I proposed in the Apostolic Letters Novo Millennio Ineunte and Rosarium Virginis Mariae cannot fail also to develop this aspect of Eucharistic worship, which prolongs and increases the fruits of our communion in the body and blood of the Lord.

Even today that Garden shelters some very ancient olive trees. Two thousand years later, we continue to relive that primordial image of the Church. How could we not give particular thanks to the Lord for the contributions to Christian art made by the great architectural and artistic works of the Greco-Byzantine tradition and of the whole geographical area marked by Slav echaristia 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.

Furthermore, the centrality of the Eucharistic mystery demands that any such review must be undertaken in close association with the Holy See.

At the Annunciation Mary conceived the Son of God in the physical reality of his body and blood, thus anticipating within herself what to some degree happens sacramentally in every believer who receives, under the signs of bread and wine, the Lord’s body and blood.