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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 59

The conclusion begins; the first of four numbered sections: 59. Ave, verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine! Several years ago I celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of my priesthood. Today I have the grace of offering the Church this Encyclical on … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 58

We conclude our examination of Pope John Paul II’s reflection of Mary and the Eucharist: 58. In the Eucharist the Church is completely united to Christ and his sacrifice, and makes her own the spirit of Mary. This truth can … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 57

John Paul II’s reflection takes us from the Biblical events of the Passion into the honor Christians have given the Blessed Mother from the earliest days in both East and West: 57. “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk 22:19). In … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 56

The reflection on Mary continues. In section 56, a look at the events of the Paschal Mystery: 56. Mary, throughout her life at Christ’s side and not only on Calvary, made her own the sacrificial dimension of the Eucharist. When she brought … Continue reading

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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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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 48

Generosity is a virtue: 48. Like the woman who anointed Jesus in Bethany, the Church has feared no “extravagance”, devoting the best of her resources to expressing her wonder and adoration before the unsurpassable gift of the Eucharist. No less … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 47

The next six numbered sections make up Chapter Five, The Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration. This section may be of most interest to those devoted to excellent and/or solidly licit celebration of the Mass. Section 47 grounds us in the … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 46

Yesterday, we read of the possibility of intercommunion when an individual’s spiritual need suggests it. Let’s read a bit more under what circumstances this might happen: 46. In my Encyclical Ut Unum Sint I expressed my own appreciation of these … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 45

Intercommunion for individuals is not absolutely forbidden: 45. While it is never legitimate to concelebrate in the absence of full communion, the same is not true with respect to the administration of the Eucharist under special circumstances, to individual persons … Continue reading

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