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 the same reason, it is never permissible to substitute participation in an ecumenical prayer service or in the liturgical services of one of the Ecclesial Communities for participation in Sunday Mass.

How often, dear brothers and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support! In the context of the place of the Holy Eucharist in the life of the Catholic community and the necessity of the Eucharistic ministry of eccleia ordained priest, the Holy Father reflects upon the great distress caused to the Church by situations in which a congregation of the faithful is without a priest. The congregation then sings or says: There euchafistia the boundary indicated by Paul Eecclesia From the time I began my ministry as the Successor of Peter, I have always marked Holy Thursday, the day of the Eucharist and of the priesthood, by sending a letter to all the priests of the world.

Decree on Ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratio1.

John Paul cites architecture, “designs of altars and tabernacle, and music. Give to Jesus and he gives to us.

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However, in cases of outward conduct which is seriously, clearly and steadfastly contrary to the moral norm, the Church, in her pastoral concern for the good order of the community and out of respect for the sacrament, cannot fail to feel directly involved.

Then the Pope writes of the connection between the Eucharist and priesthood. It is there that Christ took bread, broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: AAS 85 The Planet Is Alive In this way, as the Holy Father observes, the congregation will never miss the opportunity to participate in the Holy Mass offered by Christ through the ministry of His priest.

If the Church and the Eucharist are inseparably united, the same ought to be said of Mary and the Eucharist.


Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: Just uecharistia we are most perfectly united with Christ through participation in the Holy Eucharist, so Mary, from the very moment of the Incarnation, poured out, with her Incarnate Son, her entire life.

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.

The euchharistia of altars and tabernacles within Church interiors were often not simply motivated by artistic inspiration but also by a clear understanding of the mystery. The care shown in promoting the faithful observance of these norms becomes a practical means of showing love for the Eucharist and for the Church. Simeon stated so directly: May our minds and hearts never fail in wonder and love before the Holy Eucharist, Christ with us now, Christ the pledge of our future glory.

The connection, as taught by Pope John Paul II in his Encyclical, can be understood only if the nature of the Church as communio is properly recognized. Each member of the faithful can thus take part in it and inexhaustibly gain its fruits.

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These norms are a concrete expression of the authentically ecclesial nature of the Eucharist; this is their deepest meaning. 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 Holy Father also mentions a tendency to obscure the necessity of the ordained priesthood, which comes through apostolic succession from Christ Himself, for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

In this area, the prohibitions of Church law leave no room for uncertainty, 92 in fidelity to the moral norm laid down by the Second Vatican Council.

It is a glorious ray of the heavenly Jerusalem which pierces the clouds of our history and lights up our journey. Our unity with one another has its origin in God. We should all give thanks to the Blessed Trinity for the many members of the faithful throughout the world who in recent decades have felt an ardent desire for unity among all Christians. He reminds us that, the Real Presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine, from the moment of the Consecration of the Mass, remains as long as the species themselves remain, and that, therefore, the Church reserves the Body of Christ in the tabernacle after the distribution of Holy Communion.


Sacramento e a Maria SantissimaIntroduction: The profound relationship between the invisible and the visible elements of ecclesial communion is constitutive of the Church as the sacrament of salvation. If we wish to rediscover in all its richness the profound relationship between the Church and the Eucharist, we cannot neglect Mary, Mother and model of the Church.

For this reason too, the Lord wished to remain with us in the Eucharist, making his presence in meal and sacrifice the promise of a humanity renewed by his love.

The Holy Father describes the three meanings which the apostolic character or apostolicity of the Church has. In the final chapter of his Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia, our Holy Father reminds us that, if we want to ponder the profound mystery of the Holy Eucharist, especially its relationship with the Church, then we must look to Mary, Mother of the Church and also model of the Church.

The serious deficiency of the situation should inspire everyone to develop and use all of the resources needed for an effective apostolate of priestly vocations n. 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.

Many problems darken the horizon of our time.

Our Holy Father states in a striking manner the inseparability of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacrifice of Calvary:. To attempt the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with those who are not in full communion with the Church is not a means of fostering unity and, in fact, becomes an obstacle to unity because it ignores what yet divides us and causes confusion about truths of the faith n.

Otherwise, a serious question could be raised about the Catholic faith in the Holy Eucharist, causing confusion about a central doctrine of the faith.

Saint Ambrose reminded the newly-initiated that the Eucharist applies the event of the resurrection to their lives: 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 squares And the opposite is also true: