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 words of the Apostle Paul bring us back to the dramatic setting in which the Eucharist was born. If, in the presence of this mystery, reason experiences its limits, the heart, enlightened by the grace of the Holy Spirit, clearly sees the response that is demanded, and bows low in adoration and unbounded love.

The Holy Father places the Encyclical Letter within the context of the new evangelization and, more specifically, the Year of the Rosary October October as a privileged means of the new evangelization.

AAS 80 The priestly ministry is necessary, so that the celebration of the Mass is one with the sacrifice of Calvary and the Last Supper or First Eucharist, for Christ acts in the priest.


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Therefore, at every Eucharist, Christ once again gives Mary to us as our Mother and gives us to her as her true sons and daughters, as Dcclesia did when He died on the cross for us. Let us make our own the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an eminent theologian and an impassioned poet of Christ in the Eucharist, and turn in hope to the contemplation sjmmary that goal to which our hearts aspire in their thirst for joy and peace:.

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. EucharistiaChapter 7 and Canon More specifically, this task is the particular responsibility of the Church’s Pastors, each according to his rank and ecclesiastical office. Simeon stated so directly: Christ’s passover includes not only his passion and death, but also his resurrection.


To each of us he also says: No one is permitted to undervalue the mystery entrusted to our hands: When the priest recites or chants these words, all present acclaim: The Holy Father concludes the Encylical Letter with an expression of gratitude to God for the twenty-five years of his exercise of the ministry of Saint Peter in the Church.

The Catholic faithful, therefore, while respecting the religious convictions of these separated brethren, must refrain from receiving the communion distributed in their celebrations, so as not to condone an ambiguity about the nature of the Eucharist and, consequently, to fail in their duty to bear clear witness to the truth.

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

It is the Bishop who, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, makes a new presbyter by conferring upon him the power to consecrate the Eucharist. Whenever we experience a period of time during which we are unable to receive Holy Communion or when we sense the strong need of the Holy Eucharist to sustain us and, yet, are unable to receive Holy Communion, we express in prayer our desire.

All of this shows how distressing and irregular is eucharjstia situation of a Christian community which, despite having sufficient numbers and variety of faithful to form a parish, does not have a eucjaristia to lead it.

This is the teaching of the Second Vatican Council concerning all the faithful: In my Encyclical Ut Unum Sint I expressed my own appreciation of these norms, which make it possible to provide for the salvation of souls with proper discernment: O sacrum convivium, in quo Christus sumitur!

The path itself is long and strewn with obstacles greater than our human resources alone can overcome, yet we have the Eucharist, and in its presence we can hear in the depths of our hearts, as if they were addressed to us, the same fucharistia heard by the Prophet Elijah: The Holy Eucharist increases our desire for full unity with all our brothers and sisters with whom we share Baptism.


It is not possible to give communion to a person who is not baptized or to one who rejects the full truth of the faith regarding the Eucharistic mystery. Locus of Doctrine, Way of Life”. As the Eucharist is one, so is the Church, because of the Eucharist.

The Holy Eucharist fulfills our desire for unity with one another in a way beyond all our imagining; it makes us one with each other in the divine Son of God. Faith, however, is sufficient for us to know the truth and profess the truth of the Eucharist n. Communion with Christ strengthens us euchaaristia overcome, with Christ, the division which sin always introduces into our lives.

The Magisterium’s commitment to proclaiming the Eucharistic mystery has been matched by interior growth within the Christian community. When I think of the Eucharist, and look at my life as a priest, as a Bishop and as the Successor of Peter, I naturally recall the many times and places in which I was able to celebrate it.

EucharistiaCanon 4: 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. Her disposition of faith, which we are called to imitate, is perhaps best expressed eccleaia the Gospels in her words to the wine stewards at the Wedding Feast of Cana: The thought of this leads us to profound amazement and gratitude. The Holy Eucharist binds brothers and sisters in Christ in the deepest possible unity, far beyond any merely human bond.

And the opposite is also true: