Redemptionis Sacramentum 1

The CDWDS instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum followed (March 2004) about a year after Pope John Paul II’s encyclical letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia (April 2003).

The document counts over 17,000 words in 186 numbered sections divided into eight chapters, a preamble, and a conclusion. It largely addresses real and perceived abuses in the Mass, as one might discern from the subtitle, “On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist.”

Some of the numbered sections we’ll combine for a single post. My estimate is that about seventy to a hundred posts should take us well into the Fall. My plan is to move the Lumen Fidei post to headline the morning here, and save RS for late afternoon or evening.

Enough yapping; let’s read:

[1.] In the Most Holy Eucharist, Mother Church with steadfast faith acknowledges the Sacrament of redemption, [Cf. Missale Romanum, votive Mass for the Mercy of God] joyfully takes it to herself, celebrates it and reveres it in adoration, proclaiming the death of Christ Jesus and confessing his Resurrection until he comes in glory [Cf. 1 Cor 11, 26; Missale Romanum, memorial acclamation; Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 5, 11, 14, 18] to hand over, as unconquered Lord and Ruler, eternal Priest and King of the Universe, a kingdom of truth and life to the immense majesty of the Almighty Father. [Cf. Is 10: 33; 51, 22; Missale Romanum, Preface for Christ the King.]

And we’re off.

The tone of this document is decidedly stern, and keep in mind it is colored by the culture of complaint that was nurtured by the CDWDS from about the mid-90′s onward. I’ll strive for a fair reading of the contents. But where criticism is warranted, I don’t plan to spare it.

Meanwhile, a good start: keep the focus on Christ and on the Paschal Mystery. So far, so good.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Redemptionis Sacramentum 1

  1. FrMichael says:

    Ready to go here. I don’t believe that I’ve read RS through in its entirety, so I’m looking forward to this series.

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