Category Archives: Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Ecclesia de Eucharistia 55

John Paul II dials back to the Joyful Mysteries: 55. In a certain sense Mary lived her Eucharistic faith even before the institution of the Eucharist, by the very fact that she offered her virginal womb for the Incarnation of … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 54

Two luminous mysteries form the substance of today’s section, the last and the first: 54. Mysterium fidei! If the Eucharist is a mystery of faith which so greatly transcends our understanding as to call for sheer abandonment to the word of … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 53

After a more difficult section with no little chiding from the Holy Father, we turn to a topic close to his heart, and indeed, to the hearts of hundreds of millions of Catholics. Chapter Six is entitled, “At the School of … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 52

With this section, we move away from the arts and into liturgical practice proper.  Literally. Pope John Paul II was acutely aware that much responsibility for the celebration of the Eucharist falls on clergy. He felt it himself, to be … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 51

Let’s explore inculturation: 51. The development of sacred art and liturgical discipline which took place in lands of ancient Christian heritage is also taking place on continents where Christianity is younger. This was precisely the approach supported by the Second … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 50

John Paul II contrasts and compares the art of East and West: 50. In this effort to adore the mystery grasped in its ritual and aesthetic dimensions, a certain “competition” has taken place between Christians of the West and the … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 49

The Eucharistic experience of believers became so rich that it sparked the spiritual imagination outside of Mass. Not only in devotional life, but the Eucharist also influenced human art forms–not just art and architecture, but also music. 49. With this heightened sense … Continue reading

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