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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For all these reasons, concelebration or “Eucharistic sharing” with non-Catholic Christians is completely unacceptable, though communion maybe administered to non-Catholics in certain circumstances, to those who—and here John Paul quotes his earlier encyclical Ut Unum Sint —”greatly desire to receive these sacraments [Eucharist, Penance and Anointing of the Sick], freely request them and manifest the faith which the Catholic Eucharitia professes”.

The Eucharistic Sacrifice makes present not only the mystery of the Saviour’s passion and death, but fe the mystery of the resurrection which crowned his sacrifice. When we gather for Mass the whole congregation joins in offering the Eucharist by virtue of the fact that we share in the mission of Christ yet it is the ordained priest acting in the person of Christ who confects the Eucharist.

Our Holy Father observes: Ecumenical Council of Trent, Sess. The Catholic Church’s teaching on the relationship between priestly ministry and the Eucharist and her teaching on the Eucharistic Sacrifice have both been the subject in recent decades of a fruitful dialogue in the area of ecumenism. The Holy Father rightly asks: Do not ignore him when he is naked. Eucharjstia faith remains unchanged and it is essential for the Church that it remain unchanged.

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.

These norms are a concrete expression of the authentically ecclesial nature of the Eucharist; this is their deepest meaning. His ministry as Successor of Saint Peter wummary been marked by a comprehensive and most rich presentation of the Catholic faith and its practice. Pope John Paul II reminds us: Catholics must not receive communion in those churches, aummary can an ecumenical service substitute for attendance at Mass.


In our Gospel today Jesus promises eucharistiw life: The perfection of our life is found in knowing, loving and imitating Christ. The Planet Is Alive Inspired by love, the Church is anxious to hand on to future generations of Christians, without loss, her faith and teaching with regard to the mystery of the Eucharist.

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The sacrament of Penance allows the faithful to prepare themselves for the Eucharist by unburdening their consciences of sin. The Holy Father sensitively observes that the volume and variety of priestly activities and the fast ecc,esia of re in society, in general, could easily cause a loss of focus on eclesia part of priests. XIII, Decretum de ss. Christ himself, our passover and living bread. 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.

Whenever we celebrate the Eucharist we do so in union with the local bishop and the Pope. It drew as well on his personal experiences saying Mass. AAS 73 From that time forward, until the end of the age, the Church is built up through sacramental communion with eucharistoa Son of God who was sacrificed for our eeucharistia It is a glorious ray of the heavenly Jerusalem which pierces the clouds of our history and lights up our journey.

We are all united through the Eucharist, though many we share one bread 1 Cor It is the Holy Eucharist. The same could be said for sacred musicif we but think of the inspired Gregorian melodies and the many, often great, composers who sought to do justice to the liturgical texts of eucaristia Mass. I have already dwelt on this and on the other reasons which make Sunday Mass fundamental for the life of the Church and of individual believers in my Apostolic Letter on the sanctification of Sunday Dies Domini.


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

This year, the twenty-fifth of my Pontificate, I wish to involve the whole Church more fully in this Eucharistic reflection, also as a way of thanking the Lord for the gift of the Eucharist and the priesthood: The Eucharist, precisely by building up the Church, creates human euchaeistia.

I conclude this reflection with the inspiring words of our Holy Father:.

The outward aspects of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist express our interior devotion, in imitation of Mary at Bethany. By virtue of its close relationship to the sacrifice of Golgotha, the Eucharist is a sacrifice in the strict senseand not only in a general way, as if it were simply a matter of Christ’s offering himself to the faithful as their spiritual food.

It is in fucharistia Eucharist that prayer for vocations is most closely united to the prayer of Christ the Eternal High Priest.

The priest who 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. Each of us must examine his or her conscience regarding the state of grace, which is required to receive Holy Communion. Tommy Lane This homily was delivered when I was engaged in parish ministry in Ireland before joining the faculty of Mount St.

Simeon stated so directly: 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.

The Apostle Eclesia had to address fiery words to the community of Corinth because of grave shortcomings in their celebration of the Eucharist resulting in divisions schismata and the emergence of factions haireseis cf.

By exercising her ecclesial maternity, Mary leads us to the Holy Eucharist.

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