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The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church

7/8/2005 - 5:00 AM PST

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SYNOD OF BISHOPS

XI ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

THE EUCHARIST:
SOURCE AND SUMMIT
OF THE LIFE AND MISSION
OF THE CHURCH

INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS


 

INDEX

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

The Synodal Assembly in the Year of the Eucharist
The Instrumentum Laboris and Its Use

Part I

THE EUCHARIST AND TODAY’S WORLD

Chapter I
HUNGERING FOR THE BREAD OF GOD

Bread for Each Person in the World
Some Essential Statistics
The Eucharist in Various Situations in the Church
The Eucharist and the Christian Meaning of Life

Chapter II
THE EUCHARIST AND ECCLESIAL COMMUNION

Eucharistic Mystery: The Expression of Ecclesial Unity
The Relation of the Eucharist to the Church as ‘Bride and Body of Christ’
The Relation of the Eucharist to the Other Sacraments
The Close Bond Between the Eucharist and Penance
The Relation of the Eucharist to the Faithful
Shadows in the Celebration of the Eucharist

PART II

THE FAITH OF THE CHURCH
IN THE MYSTERY OF THE EUCHARIST

Chapter I
THE EUCHARIST, GOD’S GIFT TO HIS PEOPLE

The Eucharist: the Mystery of Faith
The Eucharist: The New and Eternal Covenant
Faith and the Celebration of the Eucharist
Personal Faith and the Church’s Faith
The Perception of the Eucharistic Mystery among the Faithful
The Sense of the Sacred in the Eucharist

Chapter II
THE PASCHAL MYSTERY AND THE EUCHARIST

The Centrality of the Paschal Mystery
Names for the Eucharist
Sacrifice, Memorial and Meal
The Consecration
The Real Presence

PART III

THE EUCHARIST IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH

Chapter I
CELEBRATING THE EUCHARIST OF THE LORD

“We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence...”
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Communion
The Concluding Rite
Ars Celebrandi
The Word and the Bread of Life
The Meaning of Norms
An Urgent Pastoral Program
Liturgical Song
The Dignity of the Sacred Space

Chapter II
ADORING THE LORD IN MYSTERY

From Celebration to Adoration
Sentiments of Adoration
Awaiting the Lord
Sunday Eucharist

PART IV

THE EUCHARIST IN THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

Chapter I
EUCHARISTIC SPIRITUALITY

The Eucharist: Font of Christian Morality
Eucharistic Persons and Communities
Mary, Woman of the Eucharist

Chapter II
THE EUCHARIST AND THE MISSION OF EVANGELIZATION

A Eucharistic Attitude
Social Implications of the Eucharist
The Eucharist and Inculturation
The Eucharist and Peace
The Eucharist and Unity
The Eucharist and Ecumenism
The Eucharist and Intercommunion
Ite missa est

CONCLUSION


PREFACE

From the very beginning, the Church has drawn her life from the Eucharist. This Sacrament is the reason for her existence, the inexhaustible source of her holiness, the power of her unity, the bond of her communion, the source of her dynamism in preaching the Gospel, the principle of her evangelizing activity, the font of charity, the heart of human promotion and the anticipation of her glory in the ...

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