• General Audience, October 4, 2000

    The Eucharist as Memorial Pope John Paul II General Audience October 4, 2000 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we reflect on the Eucharist as memorial. In the Biblical sense, memorial is not merely the recollection of past events but the proclamation of the mighty works wrought by God for our salvation. In the liturgical celebration of these events, God’s actions themselves are made present and real (cf. CCC 1363). In Old Testament times, the liturgical celebration of the Passover was the most significant memorial. In its yearly celebration, God renewed to the people of Israel his...
  • General Audience, September 27, 2000

    Reflections on the Eucharist Pope John Paul II General Audience September 27, 2000 Dear Brothers and Sisters, At the General Audiences of recent months, we have reflected on the glory of the Trinity which shines through the whole of creation and redemption. Today we begin a series of reflections on the Eucharist, in which God reveals his glory in a mysteriously great yet humble way: great because it is the principal form of Christ’s presence among us, and humble because Christ appears under the ordinary and everyday signs of bread and wine. In the Old Testament,...
  • Christus Dominus - Pope Pius XII - The Papal Library

    Christus Dominus Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII concerning the discipline to be observed with respect to the Eucharistic fast January 6, 1953 Pius, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God for an everlasting remembrance Christ the Lord on the night in which He was betrayed[1] when for the last time He kept the Pasch of the old law, after He had supped[2] took bread, and giving thanks broke, and gave to His disciples, saying: This is My Body which shall be given up for you[3]; and He likewise presented the chalice to them saying: This...
  • Mary Leads Us To Eucharist

    Mary Leads Us To Eucharist Message To 19th International Marian Congress Czestochowa, Poland Pope John Paul II August 15, 1996 1. Hail, Jesus, Son of Mary, in the sacred Host you are the true God. Joining in spirit with those attending the 19th International Marian Congress, I recall the words from a hymn that in Poland often accompanies Eucharistic adoration and processions. I repeat them because they contain the truth that, together with praising Christ present in the mystery of the Eucharist, almost of necessity we recall the memory of the Mother of God. It is...
  • John Paul II - The Papal Library

    The Writings of Pope John Paul II Born: Karol Jósef Wojtyla Pre-Papal Biography Papal Highlights Photo Gallery-A Photo Gallery-B Addresses Angelus Apostolic Constitutions Apostolic Exhortations Apostolic Letters Encyclicals General Audience Homilies Letters Messages Papal Bull Travels
  • Mit Brennender Sorge- Pope Pius XI - The Papal Library

    Mit Brennender Sorge Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on the Church and the German Reich March 14, 1937 To the Venerable Brethren the Archbishops and Bishops of Germany and other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See. Venerable Brethren, Greetings, and Apostolic Blessing. It is with deep anxiety and growing surprise that We have long been following the painful trials of the Church and the increasing vexations which afflict those who have remained loyal in heart and action in the midst of a people that once received from St. Boniface the bright message and...
  • Paul VI - The Papal Library

    The Writings of Pope Paul VI Biography Apostolic Letters Apostolic Constitutions Apostolic Exhortations Encyclicals
  • Leo XIII

    The Writings of Pope Leo XIII Encyclicals Constitution
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