Category Archives: Mysterium Fidei

Mysterium Fidei 75-76: A Final Prayer

Mysterium Fidei concludes: 75. May the most blessed Virgin Mary, from whom Christ the Lord took the flesh that “is contained, offered, received” (C.I.C., canon 801.) in this Sacrament under the appearances of bread and wine, and may all the … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 70-74: Unity, Religious, and the East

Pope Paul begins to tie together the last thoughts in his encyclical, beginning with a plea for unity, both within the Church, and among separated sisters and brothers: 70. Because, Venerable Brothers, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is a sign … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 66-69: Eucharistic Devotion 2

Daily Mass and Holy Communion Daily Mass and daily Communion are a “gift,” as is prayer in churches before the Blessed Sacrament. 66. It is desirable to have the faithful in large numbers take an active part in the sacrifice … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 64-65: Eucharistic Devotion 1

EXHORTATION TO FOSTERING EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION 64. And so We beseech you, Venerable Brothers, to take this faith, which means nothing less than maintaining complete fidelity to the words of Christ and the Apostles, and preserve it in its purity and … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 56-63: On the Worship of Latria

The next eight sections address Eucharistic worship outside of Mass. We move from cautions against irreverence and possible sacrilege to actual devotion as arose in the Middle Ages: ON THE WORSHIP OF LATRIA 56. The Catholic Church has always displayed … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 52-55: Transubstantiation 3

These four sections wrap up Pope Paul’s look at transubstantiation, calling upon the witness after the great period of the mystagogues, and noting the persistent repetition of belief in the councils of the West: 52. But this is no time … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 47-51: Transubstantiation 2

Let’s delve a little deeper into transubstantiation, courtesy of the theological giants of the early Church: 47. This is why the Fathers felt they had a solemn duty to warn the faithful that, in reflecting upon this most sacred Sacrament, … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 46: Transubstantiation 1

CHRIST PRESENT IN THE EUCHARIST THROUGH TRANSUBSTANTIATION With that title, Paul VI wades into some deeper theological waters in his encyclical: 46. To avoid any misunderstanding of this type of presence, which goes beyond the laws of nature and constitutes … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 40-45: Symbolism and its Limits

Some aspect of the celebration of Eucharist are not symbols, but some are. Pope Paul suggests there is a “proper use” of symbols, so let’s explore it as the Holy Father does, beginning with unity: 40. It is true that … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 34-39: Christ’s Presence

  Pope Paul guides us through the notion of Real Presence, first with some traditional language: 34. The few things that We have touched upon concerning the Sacrifice of the Mass encourage Us to say something about the Sacrament of … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 29-33

What is the Mass? Paul VI advocates a multivalent definition, and the Mass is certainly rich and deep enough to sustain all of this, at once. He makes a biblical argument for the nature of the Eucharistic sacrifice: New Offering … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 26-28

Today, we get to the next section of Pope Paul’s encyclical on the Eucharist, “Eucharistic Mystery In Sacrifice Of The Mass.” We read the basic expression of Catholic doctrine on it: 26. For the joy and edification of everyone, We … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 25: Greater Clarity of Expression Always Possible

25. They can, it is true, be made clearer and more obvious; and doing this is of great benefit. But it must always be done in such a way that they retain the meaning in which they have been used, … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 23-24: Proper Wording of Great Importance

Pope Paul also knows that relying on God totally without an honest effort on our parts will fail. He looks to Saint Augustine again to advise a certain restraint in speech: 23. But this is not enough. Once the integrity … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 21-22: Example of the Apostles

Trust in the apostles and their successors, Paul VI urges: 21. Moreover, the Holy Gospel alludes to this when it tells of the many disciples of Christ who turned away and left Our Lord, after hearing Him speak of eating … Continue reading

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