Category Archives: post-conciliar liturgy documents

Sacramentum Caritatis 19: First Eucharist

In discussing Initiation, the ecclesial community and the family, Pope Benedict highlights the importance of First Eucharist for children. That importance is of concern and impact to the family as well as the parish community. 19. It should be kept in … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 18: Ordering the Initiation Sacraments

As hinted in section 17, The order of the sacraments of initiation remains a contested piece for contemporary Roman Catholicism. The theology is important, and the draining away of baptized persons from active faith suggest some flaws in our approach. Don’t get … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 17: The Eucharist and Christian Initiation

Three numbered sections treat briefly the links between Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, how they relate, how they are arranged in the life of the believer, and other concerns for children, youth, adults, and people arriving from other religious traditions. … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 16: Sacramentality

With this section, we begin an extended look at The Eucharist and the Sacraments. Pope Benedict devoted fourteen numbered sections to the Eucharist and the other six sacraments: how they relate and connect and support the life of faith in concert. … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 15: The Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion

15. The Eucharist is thus constitutive of the Church’s being and activity. This is why Christian antiquity used the same words, Corpus Christi, to designate Christ’s body born of the Virgin Mary, his eucharistic body and his ecclesial body. (Cf. Propositio 5) … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 14: The Eucharist Makes the Church

In paragraphs 14 and 15, Pope Benedict treated this topic: The Eucharist and the Church. So naturally, when I saw this heading for SC 14, The Eucharist, causal principle of the Church, I was reminded of one of the first proclamations … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 13: Epiclesis

After the biblical testimony to the Holy Spirit, we come to the topic of The Holy Spirit and the eucharistic celebration. Pope Benedict XVI begins here with the topic of transubstantiation. I confess a little disappointment with the Church that the … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 12: The Holy Spirit in History

Once or twice in the past week or two I’ve witnessed a few theology discussions suggesting that Catholics are rather weak and inattentive to the role of the Holy Spirit. Sure, the words of the Eucharistic Prayer consistently invoke the … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 11: Foreshadowing to Full Fruition

Today, a paragraph titled, Figura transit in veritatem. What God established for the Israelites comes to full fruition in the Eucharist. The sacrifice of the Exodus 12 lamb is a hint of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God who takes … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 10: Institution

The institution of the Eucharist, and in recounting it, Pope Benedict reminds us of some important truths: 10. This leads us to reflect on the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. It took place within a ritual meal … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 9: Covenant

In paragraphs nine through eleven, Pope Benedict discusses The Eucharist: Jesus the true Sacrificial lamb. We delve into the Old Testament meaning of sacrifice–not an isolated event of one person giving up something to help others. Sacrifice in this context involves … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 8: Free Gift

A free gift of the Blessed Trinity 8. The Eucharist reveals the loving plan that guides all of salvation history (cf.Ephesians 1:10; 3:8- 11). There the Deus Trinitas, who is essentially love (cf. 1 John 4:7-8), becomes fully a part of our … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 7: Bread from Heaven

Now we get into the first bit of meat in the core of Sacramentum Caritatis. Pope Benedict XVI devotes two paragraphs to discuss The Blessed Trinity and the Eucharist. This was the Holy Father at his best: basic theology presented … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 6: The Church’s Eucharistic Faith

PART ONE of Sacramentum Caritatis spreads across 28 numbered sections, here through #33. We begin with consideration of THE EUCHARIST, A MYSTERY TO BE BELIEVED “This is the work of God: that you believe in him whom he has sent” … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 5: Purpose

Everything written so far–the virtue of caritas, the encounter with Christ, the history of the Eucharist in brief, the immediate years preceding this written work–all bring us to The purpose of this Exhortation. 5. This Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation seeks to take … Continue reading

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