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Eucharisticum Mysterium 20: Taking Care

The liturgy is about more than following rubrics. Liturgical leaders are to set an example, communicating the sense of the sacred. This is a sensible approach. Not every parish can afford the trappings of high-church liturgy. But the sense of … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 19: Visitors

I’m grateful my pastor is extremely sensitive to visitors, welcoming them, and encouraging others to make the parish a friendly place for them. The Consilium also reminds us to be good guests. I guess this would be contrary to the … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 16-18: Unity

Part II of Eucharisticum Mysterium addresses the theme of unity. We’ll group the next three sections together and see how the Consilium begins to tackle the issue: 16. In virtue of baptism “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 14-15: Catechesis

The Consilium turns its attention to the issue of catechizing the faithful, starting with the children: 14. Those who take care of the religious instruction of children, especially parents, pastors, and teachers, should be careful, when introducing them gradually to … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 13: Influence in Daily Life

What is the significance of the Eucharist as a meal? The Consilium suggests as a metaphor for living a Eucharistic-inpsired faith outside of Mass, in daily life. The Apostolic Tradition suggests that believers should be “eager” witnesses as a result … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 12: Active Participation

The Consilium offers a brief, but somewhat detailed explanation of “active participation.” 12. It should be explained that all who gather for the eucharist are that holy people who, together with the ministers, have a part in the sacred rites. … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 11: Priesthood, Universal and Ministerial

Few topics attract more vigorous discussion than the nature of the Catholic priesthood. Or priesthoods. The Consilium first reiterates the importance of participation: 11. The more clearly the faithful recognize the place they have in the liturgical assembly and the … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 10: Word and Eucharist

The Consilium works on the Liturgy of the Word. (This would be another example of the post-conciliar emphasis on the content and conduct of the Mass itself, as opposed to principles such as gradual or “organic” change.) Priests have a … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 9: Presence of Christ

The Consilium was clear about the need to educate the laity on the “modes” by which we encounter the Real Presence of Christ. Clearly, the thinking in the sixties was that an expanded view of this would assist the laity … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 8: Christian Unity

Christian unity is another theme pastors and catechists are urged to be mindful of. 8. In addition to those things that concern the ecclesial community and the individual faithful, pastors should pay special attention to that part of the doctrine … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 7: The Local Church

Eucharisticum Mysterium gives a definition of the local Church, with encouragement for communities “frequently small and poor or living in isolation.” 7. Through the eucharist “the Church continually lives and grows. This Church of Christ is truly present in all … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 6: The Center

One of my grad school profs had a motto to pass on to us: The Eucharist Makes the Church. This section puts some meat on that bone: 6. Catechesis to the eucharistic mystery should aim at helping the faithful realize … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 5: General Principles

Whew! After that introduction, we get to Part I, “General Principles to be Given Prominence in Catechizing the People on the Eucharistic Mystery.” Section five treats “Requirements of Pastors …” so let’s see how the clergy of the late 60’s … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 4: Purpose of the Document

In the last post on Eucharisticum Mysterium, the Consilium outlined the six major post-conciliar points for liturgical reform. We learn in this section that this document is intended to provide a foundation for lay formation on the Eucharist, with an … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 3: Themes From Recent History

This is a very long section, but there are important points that give us a good perspective as to the early post-conciliar approach to liturgical reform. In order these would be: The sense of the Paschal Mystery as central to … Continue reading

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