Category Archives: Eucharisticum Mysterium

Eucharisticum Mysterium 67: Eucharistic Congresses

We reach the end of the instruction Eucharisticum Mysterium with Part III, section 6. I had it already written up, and if you’re tired of reading about my cats of my thoughts on the mp, let’s finish this off: 67. … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 62-66: More on Exposition

Would you believe we’ve already arrived at the penultimate post on Eucharisticum Mysterium? Let’s delve into five sections that outline some principles for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 62. For brief exposition, the ciborium or monstrance should be placed on … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 60-61: Exposition

Part 3, section 5 begins: 60. Exposition of the blessed sacrament, either in a ciborium or a monstrance, draws the faithful to an awareness of the sublime presence of Christ and invites them to inner communion with him. Therefore, it … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 59: Eucharistic Processions

This is topical for us here in Kansas City as Bishop Finn has converted a regional spiritual attraction in the city of Saint Joseph to a diocesan-wide event. 59. In processions in which the eucharist is carried through the streets … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 58: Devotions

58. Devotion, both private and public, toward the sacrament of the altar even outside Mass that conforms to the norms laid down by lawful authority and in the present Instruction is strongly advocated by the Church, since the eucharistic sacrifice … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 55-57: More on Tabernacles

The Consilium reviews the ways in which Christ is present liturgically and how this relates to the reserved Eucharist: 55. In the celebration of Mass the principal modes of Christ’s presence to his Church [See no. 9 of this Instruction.] … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 52-54: Reserving the Eucharist

The following sections were the source of the post-conciliar development often troubling to lay people, bishops, and others: the placement of the tabernacle and the location for devotional prayer. First rule, no problem: only one per church. 52. Where the … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 49-51: Reserving the Eucharist

With this section, the Consilium examines the reservation of the Eucharist, and offers some important reminders: 49. “It is pertinent to recall that the primary and original purpose of reserving the sacred elements in church outside Mass is the administration … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 47-48: Concelebration

Concelebration can be something of a mystery to many lay Catholics. In the parish, we most often see it when the bishop is on the scene, or when a special priest’s event, like an anniversary, retirement, or special visit takes … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 46: Pastoral Choices

What does the leadership of a priest mean? What is the job of the liturgical presider? 46. “When the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observance of the laws governing valid and lawful celebration; it is … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 45: Obedience

The Consilium clarifies the level at which liturgy may be … tampered. 45. Especially in the celebration of the eucharist, only the supreme authority of the Church and, according to the norm of law, the bishops and the conferences of … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 44: Daily Mass

A reminder for clergy: 44. “In the mystery of the eucharistic sacrifice, the fulfillment of the priest’s chief office, the work of redemption is continually actual. Hence, daily celebration is urged upon priests; it remains the act of Christ and … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 42-43: Bishops and Priests

We turn to the final sub-section of part II looking at the Eucharist through the ministry of the bishop and priest. First, a reminder of the “public and social” nature of liturgy: 42. The celebration of the eucharist expresses in … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 41: Precious Blood Only

What if a person is unable to receive under the form of bread? 41. In case of necessity and at the discretion of the bishop, it is permissible for the eucharist to be given under the form of wine alone … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 40: Communion for the Sick and Elderly

What about believers who are unable to attend parish Mass? 40. It is right for those prevented from being present at the celebration of the community eucharist to receive the eucharist often; in this way they will also realize that … Continue reading

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