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Celebrating the Holy Eucharist

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Celebrating the Holy Eucharist

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Celebrating the Holy Eucharist

Francis Cardinal Arinze

Cardinal Arinze, the greatly esteemed African churchman and head of the Vatican congregation for worship and sacraments, elucidates the Church's faith in the Eucharist as the high point of her public worship and the source and summit of Christian life.

The Cardinal emphasizes that the priest is ordained, first and foremost, to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass and other liturgical rites. The priest "finds himself at the highest moment of his vocation when 'in persona Christi' he celebrates the Eucharistic Sacrifice".

The laity also find in the Mass "the fount and apex of their entire Christian lives". The Eucharist gives "life, meaning and direction" to all of their works and actions. Cardinal Arinze shows how the Eucharistic celebration sends the lay faithful out into the world to spread the gospel, giving special mention to the role of the family in the work of evangelization.

The Cardinal also discusses in this book the changes in the Mass and other liturgical rites that have taken place during the last forty years. The responsibilities of the diocesan Bishop, the celebrating priest and the assisting assembly are examined in depth.


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This item received 5 stars overall. A Magnificent Explanation and Celebration of the Most Blessed Sacrament!

The key to an intimate relationship with Christ is described within the pages of Celebrating the Holy Eucharist by Francis Cardinal Arinze.  He examines a number of Church documents, encyclical letters, apostolic exhortations, constitutions, official instructions, Church teachings, and Scripture passages to show the necessary centrality of the Holy Eucharist to life on earth and in eternity. 

The importance of the Eucharistic feast as the most vital element in being transformed through the grace of the Lord to become more like Christ is illustrated in a number of ways.  The author also shows how and why the Eucharist includes a unifying presence as wel Full Review...

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