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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Just as the full reality of Church does not exist without apostolic succession, so there is no true Eucharist without the Bishop.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Rather, it is sharing in the divine communion which alone can bring mankind to unity and peace n. The Holy Eucharist is a mystery of faith, which goes beyond our capacity to understand and requires that we trust completely in the Word of Christ. The path taken by the Church in these first years of the third millennium is also a path of renewed ecumenical commitment.

Ecclesia de eucharistia summary pdf

Pope John Paul II reminds us: Incorporation into Christ, summar is brought about by Baptism, is constantly renewed and consolidated by sharing in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, especially by that full sharing which takes place in sacramental communion. He tells us of ecclesoa the Holy Eucharist has been at the heart of His priestly life and ministry. Mary teaches us to grow in the theological virtue of faith. Each member of the faithful can thus take part in it and inexhaustibly gain its fruits.

The Eucharist, like the Canticle of Mary, is first and foremost praise and thanksgiving. The tragedy of her Son’s crucifixion was thus foretold, and in some sense Mary’s Stabat Mater at the foot of the Cross was foreshadowed.

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

In various parts of the Church abuses have occurred, leading to confusion with regard to sound faith and Catholic doctrine concerning this wonderful sacrament. The Magnificat expresses Mary’s spirituality, and there is nothing greater than this spirituality for helping us to experience the mystery of the Eucharist.


Here we see the essential connection of the Holy Eucharist and Penance. This year, the twenty-fifth of euxharistia 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: That is the reason why our churches are not built as meeting or banquet halls.


Spiritual communion is the expression of our conscious desire to receive the Body of Christ. 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 Son through the working of the Holy Spirit.

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.

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 For Mary, receiving the Eucharist must have somehow meant welcoming once more into her womb that heart which had beat in unison with hers and reliving what she had experienced at the foot of the Cross.

How often, dear brothers and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support!

AAS 87 The outward aspects of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist express our interior devotion, in imitation of Mary at Bethany. With this heightened sense of mystery, we understand how the faith of the Church in the mystery of the Eucharist has found historical expression not only in the demand for an interior disposition of devotion, but also in outward forms meant to evoke and emphasize the grandeur of the event being celebrated.


Whenever we experience a period of time during which we are unable to receive Holy Communion ehcharistia 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.

AAS 85 It is in the Eucharist that prayer for vocations is most closely united to the prayer of Christ the Eternal High Priest. The measure of the depth of our faith is naturally the strength of our desire to receive Holy Communion.

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 Sumamry in the Church.

How can we not express profound grief at all this? A community that celebrates the Eucharist must be in harmony with its bishop and the pope, and Sunday Mass is of fundamental importance to our expression of community.

Rightly, we can say that Christ constituted the Church at her beginnings at the Last Supper n. On his 25th Holy Thursday as pope, he issued this encyclical instead, addressed to all Catholics: Bone pastor, panis vere, Iesu, nostri miserere Similarly, it is unthinkable to substitute for Sunday Mass ecumenical celebrations of the word or services of common prayer with Christians from the aforementioned Ecclesial Communities, or even participation in their own liturgical services.

Finally, the Holy Father points out that the laity or consecrated persons who share in the pastoral care of the parish are obliged to do all that they can to foster the love of the Holy Eucharist among the faithful and their desire to participate in the Mass celebrated by a validly ordained priest.

He likens it to the experience of the Beloved Disciple who rested his head on the breast of the Master.