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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At the same time, because Eucharistic communion requires full communion in faith, sacraments and Church governance, it is not possible to celebrate the Holy Edclesia when those bonds do not fully exist. Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: The Holy Eucharist is the pledge of our future destiny in euchariwtia with Christ n.

The Church, which looks to Mary as a model, is also called to imitate her in her relationship with this most holy mystery.

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At the dawn of this third millennium, we, the children of the Church, are called to undertake with renewed enthusiasm the journey of Christian living. Our time, too, calls for a renewed awareness and appreciation of liturgical norms as a reflection of, and a witness to, the one universal Church made present in every celebration of the Eucharist. The Eucharist, precisely by building up the Church, creates human community.

The Second Vatican Council teaches that the celebration of the Eucharist is at the centre of the process of the Church’s growth. At the same time, the Holy Eucharist strengthens us, so that we may purify ourselves of the seeds of disunity.

In some places the practice of Eucharistic adoration has been almost completely abandoned.

The beautiful art and architecture which has been associated with our churches and their altars and other furnishings down the centuries is for us an inspiration to reflect upon the great mystery of the Holy Eucharist.

In the East, sacred art has preserved a remarkably powerful sense of mystery, which leads artists to see their efforts at creating beauty not simply as an expression of their own talents, but also as a genuine service to the faith. In the eccoesia way, sacred music has developed down the Christian centuries to lift the minds and hearts of the faithful to the great mystery of faith, which is the Holy Eucharist.

While aummary is never legitimate to concelebrate in the absence of full communion, the same is not true with respect to the administration of the Eucharist under special circumstances, to individual eicharistia belonging to Churches or Ecclesial Communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church. Eucharistic communion, moreover, will inspire within us the desire to confess also our venial sins, lest we grow complacent or lukewarm in our love of the Eucharist.


All the other gifts of Christ to us are only fully understood in relationship to the gift of the Eucharistic Sacrifice and Banquet.

AAS 75 The Church was born of the paschal mystery. In the wake of Jesus’ own words and actions, and building upon the ritual heritage of Judaism, the Christian liturgy was eucharisria.

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Summady 12 Apostles, symbolically recalling the 12 tribes of Israel, represent the new People of God, embracing all the nations, called to life from the pierced Heart of Christ and sustained in life from the glorious Heart of Christ now seated at the right hand of the Father. Let us take our place, dear brothers and sisters, at the school of the saintswho are the great interpreters of true Eucharistic piety.

Through prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we experience the inexhaustible love of the glorious Sacred Heart of Jesus, from which Christ unceasingly pours forth His grace upon eucharistiaa.

For this reason the sacrifice is always only one The Second Vatican Council saw in pastoral charity the bond which gives unity to the priest’s life and work.

The institution of the Eucharist sacramentally anticipated the events which were about to take place, beginning with the agony in Gethsemane. Our Lord responds to their reaction in what may be for some a surprising way. 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.

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If the Eucharist is a mystery of faith which so greatly transcends our edclesia as to call for sheer abandonment to the word of God, then there can be no one like Mary to act as our support and guide in acquiring this disposition. The path taken by the Church in these first years of the third millennium is also a path of renewed ecumenical commitment.

Likewise, it leads us to an ever deeper love of the vocation to the ordained priesthood and to the pastoral service of priests, above all in the offering of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. It is spending time with the Lord.

Opere AsceticheAvellino, This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. The same Decree, in No. This is recalled by the assembly’s acclamation following the consecration: It is because of the significant difference of belief regarding the Holy Eucharist that Catholics are not permitted to receive the communion which is given in these Ecclesial Communities. Because of the importance of the fitting and dignified celebration of the Holy Mass, the Holy Father announced the prepation of a special document on the matter.


Christ made it clear that only by eating His Body and drinking His blood can we have life within us. It is their responsibility to preside at the Eucharist in persona Christi and to provide a witness to and a service of communion not only for the community directly taking part in the celebration, but also for the universal Church, which is a part of every Eucharist. The reflection upon the relationship of the ordained ministry to the Eucharistic Sacrifice points to a significant area of division between the Roman Catholic Church and the Ecclesial Communities which have sprung up in Europe and beyond, beginning with the Protestant Revolt in the 16th century.

Gregorian Chant is, of course, the greatest jewel in the body of music written specifically for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Because even when it is celebrated on the humble altar of a country church, the Eucharist is always in some way celebrated on the altar of the world. Do not pay him homage in the temple clad in silk, only then to neglect him outside where he is cold and ill-clad. This holds true both for the figurative arts and for sacred music. Experiencing the memorial of Christ’s death in the Eucharist also means continually receiving this gift.

The words of the profession of faith are echoed by the words of contemplation and proclamation: Through the Holy Eucharist, first of all by participation in the Sacrifice of the Mass and then by Eucharistic worship outside of Mass, we contemplate the Face of Christ as directly and fully as is possible for us on this earth.

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 the 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.