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 judgment of one’s state of grace obviously belongs only to the person involved, since it is a question of examining one’s conscience. Christ’s passover includes not only his passion and death, but also his resurrection. The holy hourthe hour of the redemption of the world.

Ecclesia de eucharistia summary pdf

Father Cipriani, of the Patristic Institute of the Augustinianum, examines key texts on the Eucharist in the writings of the early Fathers, in order to show the continuity of their doctrine with the current teaching represented in the encyclical of Pope John Paul II. An ecumenical impulse that seeks to express confraternity with non-Catholic Christians has led to violations of the Church’s discipline in celebrating the Eucharist.

That is the reason why our churches are not built summaru meeting or banquet halls. The “praiseworthy” activities of eucharistic ministers in the absence of a priest must always be considered temporary.

We are reminded of his words: Tremblay, Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy of Rome and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, examines zummary intimate tie between the Eucharist and the moral life. Conn, of the Pontifical Gregorian University Faculty of Canon Zummary, observes how the Holy Father, in his Encyclical, has emphasized certain norms in canon law, which cannot be ignored without disrespect to the Sacrament and disadvantage to the people.


To the degree that we prepare ourselves summagy for participation in the Holy Mass and, then, give our full attention to the words and actions of the Mass, the reform of the Sacred Liturgy achieves its most noble end.

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.

So, too, the Holy Eucharist was entrusted by Christ to the Apostles and has come to us through the unbroken succession of the apostolic ministry n. Through the confession of our sins, which separate us, in varying degrees, from God and from another, we are prepared to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, uniting us to God and to one another. The Holy Father also mentions a tendency to obscure the necessity of the ordained priesthood, which comes through apostolic succession eufharistia Christ Himself, for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

AAS 92 No one is permitted to undervalue the mystery entrusted to our hands: The gift of Christ and his Spirit which we receive in Eucharistic communion superabundantly fulfils the yearning for fraternal unity deeply rooted in the human heart; at the same time it elevates the experience of fraternity already present in our common sharing at the same Eucharistic table to euccharistia degree which far surpasses that of the simple human experience of sharing a meal.

Stripped of its sacrificial meaning, it is celebrated as if it were simply a fraternal banquet.

Such celebrations and services, however praiseworthy in certain situations, prepare for the goal of full communion, including Eucharistic communion, but they cannot replace it. The sacrament of Penance allows the faithful to prepare themselves for the Euchsristia by unburdening their consciences of sin.

April 17, The fact that the power of consecrating the Eucharist has been entrusted only to Bishops and priests does not represent any kind of belittlement of summarry rest of the People of God, for in the communion of the one body of Christ which is the Church this gift redounds eccleesia the benefit of all. This aspect of the universal charity of the Eucharistic Sacrifice is based on the words of the Saviour himself.


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.

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Locus of Doctrine, Way of Life”. I am grateful to the Lord Jesus for allowing me to repeat in that same place, in obedience to his command: In instituting it, he did not merely say: It is important to understand that the sacrifice of Christ is one. The Eucharist thus appears as the culmination of all the sacraments in perfecting our communion with God the Father by identification with his only-begotten Euchharistia through the working of the Holy Spirit.

All of this makes clear the great responsibility which belongs to priests in particular for the celebration of the Eucharist. When for the first time Jesus spoke of this food, his listeners were astonished and bewildered, which forced the Master to emphasize the objective truth of his words: Saint Ambrose reminded the newly-initiated that the Eucharist applies the event of the resurrection to their lives: Communion in the Body and Blood of Christ is already now a participation in the fullness of communion with God, which will be ours in the Heavenly Kingdom.

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.