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 my hope that the present Encyclical Letter will effectively help to banish the dark clouds of unacceptable doctrine and practice, so that the Eucharist will continue to shine forth in all its radiant mystery. 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.

What is essential is to point out always to the congregation that the situation is temporary and that the congregation must pray and sacrifice, so that God calls more young men to the ordained priesthood. Faithful to the teaching of the Apostles, united in the discipline of the sacraments, she must also manifest in a visible manner her invisible unity.

It is this fruit of a transfigured existence and a commitment to transforming the world in accordance with the Gospel rucharistia splendidly illustrates the eschatological tension inherent in the celebration of the Eucharist and in the Christian life as a whole: The priest wcclesia centers his whole priestly life and ministry on the Holy Eucharist will overcome the tendency to lose his focus because of the many demands of his pastoral office. Anaphora of the Liturgy of Saint Basil.

The Holy Eucharist is not just one of the many gifts which Christ has left to us in the Church.

Pope John Paul II reminds us: As I do so, my heart is filled with gratitude. Judas and others saw it as a waste of resources which could have been used to care for the poor. The invisible dimension is the life of grace within us. In the celebration of the Holy Eucharist the Church expresses best her identity as communion and most fully carries out her mission of safeguarding and fostering communion.


For that reason, the priest necessarily seeks in the Eucharistic Sacrifice and in Eucharistic worship outside of Mass the direction and strength for all of his pastoral activity. The Magisterium’s commitment to proclaiming the Eucharistic mystery has been matched by interior growth within the Christian community.

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. Today I have the grace of offering the Church this Encyclical on the Eucharist on the Holy Thursday which falls during the twenty-fifth year of my Petrine ministry. Tommy Lane This homily was delivered when I was engaged in parish ministry in Ireland before joining the faculty of Mount St.

I have been able to celebrate Holy Mass in chapels built along mountain paths, on lakeshores and seacoasts; I have celebrated it on altars built in stadiums and in city summay For it is he who, by the authority given him in the sacrament of priestly ordination, effects the consecration.

In reading the history of our parishes which are celebrating their th, th or th anniversary of foundation, I am always impressed by the great sacrifices which were made by the faithful, most of them immigrants with very little means, to have a parish church.

A causal influence of the Eucharist is present at the Church’s very origins. Tremblay, Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy of Rome and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, examines the intimate tie between the Eucharist rcclesia the moral life. Parishes are communities of the baptized who express and affirm their identity above all through the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

For the person of faith, all other goods in life are ecclezia always in relationship to the Holy Eucharist, the greatest good in our life. We are all united through the Eucharist, though many we share one bread 1 Cor How often, dear brothers and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support! By the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost the Church was born and set out upon the pathways of the world, yet a decisive moment in her taking shape was certainly the institution of the Eucharist in the Upper Room.

It is also holy, indeed, the Most Holy Sacrament. Mary also anticipated, in eucharistis mystery of the incarnation, the Church’s Eucharistic faith. The account of the institution of the Eucharist on the night of Holy Thursday makes no mention of Mary.


The architectural and mosaic splendours of the Christian East and West are a patrimony belonging to all believers; they contain a hope, and even a pledge, of the desired fullness of communion in faith and in celebration. He likens it to the experience of the Beloved Disciple who rested his head on the breast of the Master. Precisely because the Church’s unity, which the Eucharist brings about through the Lord’s sacrifice and by communion in his body and blood, absolutely requires eccelsia communion in the bonds of the profession of faith, the sacraments and ecclesiastical governance, it is not possible to celebrate together the same Eucharistic liturgy until those bonds are fully re-established.

The text of Ecclesia de Eucharistia consists of an introduction, six chapters and a conclusion, the entirety divided into 62 sections.

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Mary guides us to the Holy Eucharist in two ways. This truth does not sumkary express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church.

Our Holy Father observes: Missae SacrificioChapter 2: Jesus Christ, who offers himself to the Father for the redemption of the world. The Eucharist also expresses this sense of apostolicity.

Reflections on Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Even today that Garden shelters some very ancient olive trees. I conclude this reflection with the inspiring words of our Holy Father:. The Holy Father exclaims:.

Certainly it is a gift given for our sake, and indeed that of all humanity cf. O thou, the wisest, mightiest, best, Our present food, our future rest, Come, make us each thy chosen ecclesiz, Co-heirs of thine, and comrades blest With saints whose dwelling is with thee.

The Eucharist is given to believers so that their life may become a continuous Magnificat in honor of the Most Holy Trinity.

AAS 39 They carry out the apostolic ministry in communion with the Holy Father, Successor of Saint Peter, Head of the Apostles, and with the assistance of priests who share in their apostolic ministry.