Redemptionis Sacramentum 185-186

We’ve reached the conclusion. Let’s wrap it up.

[185.] “Against the seeds of discord which daily experience shows to be so deeply ingrained in human nature as a result of sin, there stands the creative power of the unity of Christ’s body. For it is precisely by building up the Church that the Eucharist establishes fellowship among (people).” [Ecclesia de Eucharistia 24] It is therefore the hope of this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments that also, by the diligent application of those things that are recalled in this Instruction, human weakness may come to pose less of an obstacle to the action of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, and that with all distortion set aside and every reprobated practice removed, [Ecclesia de Eucharistia 53-58] through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Woman of the Eucharist”, the saving presence of Christ in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood may shine brightly upon all people.

Human weakness an obstacle? According to the apostle Paul, God manages to work gracefully well with such “handicaps.”

A final shout-out for participation as well as an urging to check to ensure that liturgical ministers of all forms have conducted their service to people with respect:

[186.] Let all Christ’s faithful participate in the Most Holy Eucharist as fully, consciously and actively as they can, [Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 14; cf. also SC 11, 41, et 48] honoring it lovingly by their devotion and the manner of their life. Let Bishops, Priests and Deacons, in the exercise of the sacred ministry, examine their consciences as regards the authenticity and fidelity of the actions they have performed in the name of Christ and the Church in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. Let each one of the sacred ministers ask himself, even with severity, whether he has respected the rights of the lay members of Christ’s faithful, who confidently entrust themselves and their children to him, relying on him to fulfill for the faithful those sacred functions that the Church intends to carry out in celebrating the sacred Liturgy at Christ’s command. [Cf. S. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theol., III, q. 64, a. 9 ad 1] For each one should always remember that he is a servant of the Sacred Liturgy. [Cf. GIRM 24]

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

This Instruction, prepared by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was approved by the same Pontiff on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2004, and he ordered it to be published and to be observed immediately by all concerned.

From the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Rome, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, 25 March 2004.

Note that the CDF, under then-Cardinal Ratzinger had a hand in formulating this document.

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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 185-186

  1. FrMichael says:

    Unfortunately, I would guess that the majority of American priests have never read so much as a single paragraph of the document.

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