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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The Mass makes present the sacrifice of the Cross; it does not add to that sacrifice nor does it multiply it. In Communion, Christ offers himself as nourishment, which “spurs us on our journey through history and plants a seed of living hope in our daily commitment to the work before us”.

Ecclesia de eucharistia summary pdf

As is the case with sacred art, there is a rich history of beautiful music written for the celebration of the Mass n. The architectural and mosaic splendours of the Christian East and West are a patrimony belonging to all believers; exclesia contain a hope, and even a pledge, of the desired fullness of communion in faith and in celebration.

Retrieved 11 May The outward aspects of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist express our interior devotion, in imitation of Mary at Bethany. Whenever we celebrate ecclesia Eucharist we do so in union with the local bishop and the Pope.

In visiting beautiful churches, one notes how the various furnishings have been beautifully crafted.

Theirs is the task of contributing with the light of the Gospel to the building of a more human world, a world fully in harmony with God’s plan. This page was last edited ecclfsia 19 Mayat 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.

Commentary on Ecclesia de Eucharistia | Catechesis | Marian Catechist Apostolate

We are all united through the Eucharist, though many we share one bread 1 Cor Jesus himself reassures us that this union, which he compares to that of the life of the Trinity, is truly realized. 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.


The invisible dimension is the life of grace within us. The saving efficacy of the sacrifice is fully realized when the Lord’s body and blood are received in communion.

In Latin In English. The congregation gathered for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist requires the ministry of the priest. Our Holy Father states in a striking manner the inseparability of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacrifice of Calvary:. 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.

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.

Faith, however, is sufficient for us to know the truth and profess the truth of the Eucharist n. In considering the Eucharist as the sacrament of ecclesial communion, there is one subject which, due to its importance, must not be overlooked: 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.

The words of the profession of faith are echoed by the words of contemplation and proclamation: 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: Our Holy Father, recalls his insistence, in his Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, that the answer to the meaning of our life pilgrimage is not some new program but rather the person of Christ.


The Magisterium’s commitment to proclaiming the Eucharistic mystery has been matched by interior growth within the Christian community. What more could Jesus have done for us?

Often it is the example of a priest’s fervent pastoral charity which the Lord uses to sow and to bring to fruition in a young man’s heart the seed of a priestly calling.

The invisible dimension of communion which is the presupposition of Eucharistic communion demands that we examine ourselves before approaching the Holy Eucharist and that, if we are conscious of having committed a mortal sin, we seek reconciliation with God in the Sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion n.

If the Church and the Eucharist are inseparably united, the same ought to be said of Mary and the Eucharist. Saint Paul refers to this unifying power of participation in the banquet of the Eucharist when he writes to the Corinthians: The holy hourthe hour of the redemption of the world.

Holy See’s Summary of Encyclical “Ecclesia de Eucharistia” – ZENIT – English

AAS 92 The text of Ecclesia de Eucharistia consists of an introduction, six chapters and a conclusion, the entirety divided into 62 sections. 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. 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.

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.