Category Archives: Eucharisticum Mysterium

Eucharisticum Mysterium 39: At the Hour of Death

Some notes on Viaticum, receiving the Eucharist at the time of death: 39. Communion received as viaticum should be considered as a special sign of sharing in the mystery celebrated in the Mass, the mystery of the death of the … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 38: After Communion

What takes place after Communion? Remember this document is an “instruction on worship of the Eucharistic mystery,” not a 100% liturgy piece. 38. On those who partake of the body and blood of Christ the gift of the Spirit is … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 36-37: Communion Special and Frequent

These next two sections are closely aligned. Number 36 suggests an important connection between the celebration and reception of the Eucharist and significant (though not always sacramental) life experiences. I suppose this is a special way of introducing a certain … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 35: Penance and Communion

The Consilium takes a brief look at the relationship between two sacraments: 35. The eucharist should also be proposed to the faithful “as a remedy that frees us from our daily faults and preserves us from mortal sins.” [Council of … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 34: Receiving Communion

They looked at it in ’67: how to receive Communion. The Consilium says it’s pretty much up to the pastor: kneeling or standing, but pick one for the sign of family unity: 34. a. In accordance with the custom of … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 33: Communion Outside Mass

When may lay people receive Communion outside of Mass? The Consilium tells you: 33. a. The faithful are to be led to the practice of receiving communion in the actual eucharistic celebration. [See Pius XII, Encycl. Mediator Dei: Acta Apostolicae … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 32: Communion Under Both Kinds

The Consilium takes pains to present the case for lay people to receive Communion under both forms. One element often missing from catechesis (at least in the parishes of my memory) is the link between the notion of covenant and … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 31: Lay People

In our examination of Eucharisticum Mysterium, we now look at part II-3, treating the “Communion of the Faithful,” which will run from sections 31 through 41. 31. The faithful share more fully in the celebration of the eucharist through the … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 29-30: Weekday Mass

Some commentary on daily Masses: 29. The faithful should be invited to take part in Mass often on weekdays as well, even daily. This is especially recommended for those weekdays that should be celebrated with particular attention, above all in … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 28: Saturdays and Vigils

A number of liturgists are concerned that Saturday evening Masses to fulfill Sunday obligations have not worked out really well. The original concession was designed to facilitate the needs of people who are entangled in secular culture that does not … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 27: Special Groups

Unity is a value for the local church, therefore the Consilium believes it necessary to offer a few reminders for particular groups: 27. So that the unity of the parish community may stand out in the eucharist on Sundays and … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 25-26: Sunday

We move to section 2 of Part II of Eucharisticum Mysterium, the Instruction on Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery. Though the comments are few (except for Liam, who probably generates at least half the traffic of these posts’ comboxes) I … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 24: Art

We touch a good bit on architecture and art in the following sections. First we hear of the importance of taking care with the buildings we use: 24. “The church, the house of prayer, must be well cared for and … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 22-23: Radio, TV, Photos

The Consilium urges the very best example for all broadcast Masses: 22. Where, according to the intent of the Constitution on the Liturgy art. 20, the Mass is televised or broadcast, local Ordinaries should see that the prayer and participation … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 21: Eucharistic Prayer

Some regulations on the Eucharistic Prayer: 21. a. According to the provisions of the Instruction Tres abhinc annos, 4 May 1967, no. 10, in Masses celebrated with a congregation, even when not concelebrated, the priest celebrant may say the canon … Continue reading

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