Year of the Eucharist

Thursday, September 28 2006


General Instruction of the Roman Missal (1975).
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Catechism of the Catholic Church.


Encyclical Mirae caritatis on the Holy Eucharist (May 28, 1902).


Constitution Sacrosanctum concilium on the Sacred Liturgy (December 4, 1963).


Encyclical Mysterium fidei on the Holy Eucharist (September 3, 1965).


Apostolic Letter Dies Domini on Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy (May 31, 1998).
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Encyclical Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (January 6, 2001). 

Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia on the Eucharist (April 17, 2003).
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Apostolic Letter Mane nobiscum Domine for the Year of the Eucharist (October 7, 2004).

– Homilies on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ


Mary leads us to Eucharist (August 15, 1996).


Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum on certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist (April 23, 2004)
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Introducing Redemptionis Sacramentum – H.Em. Card. Francis Arinze (April 23, 2004).
Commentary on the Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum – H.E. Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino (April 23, 2004).

The Year of the Eucharist – Suggestions and Proposals (October 14, 2004).

Cardinal Francis Arinze on the Eucharist and Eschatology: The Holy Eucharist unites Heaven and Earth (Address at Eucharistic Congress in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 2004).


Sacramentary (1983 edition).

Eucharistic Prayer for Masses for Various Needs and Occasions.

– Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Observations on Redemptionis Sacramentum (June 8, 2004). See: National Bulletin on Liturgy 37/179 (2004) pages 197-201. Or:
The CCCB also published it with the texts of the Instruction and the Introduction of Cardinal Francis Arinze.

– Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Our Place of Worship (1999).

Communion of the Sick. Ritual and Pastoral Notes for Lay Ministers.

The Eucharistic Prayer. Prayer of the living Church. How we share in it.

Celebrating Sunday Mass

Sunday is the Lord’s Day

Communion from the Cup.

– For a short reflection on the meaning of each moment of the Eucharist, see:

– From the Ontario Liturgical Conference: Mass In A Moment (Margaret Bick).
A French version is available at:

“A Walk Through the Mass: A Step-By-Step Explanation”, by Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M.

– Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto, Pastoral Letter This is My Body, This is My Blood on the Eucharist (October 1995).

– Archbishop Thomas Collins, Pastoral Letter Eucharist: it’s the Lord! on the Holy Eucharist (October 18, 2000).
It is available on the website of the Archdiocese of Edmonton under the heading “Archbishop’s Office”. The booklet can also be ordered from the Archdiocese for $0.50 per copy plus shipping and handling. The address is: Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, 8421 – 101 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6A 0L1

– A publication of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of London: Guidelines for Eucharistic Adoration and Exposition (1999) 41 pages.

Eucharistic Adoration (CCCB). To be published in 2005.

Celebrations of installation and recognition (CCCB). To be published in 2005.


National Bulletin on Liturgy.
National Bulletin on Liturgy 76, “Worship ’80: Eucharist”
National Bulletin on Liturgy 82, “Eucharist: Worship ’81”
National Bulletin on Liturgy 125, “The Communion Rite”
National Bulletin on Liturgy 153, “The Eucharist: Its Story”

Celebrate! is a bi-monthly journal published by Novalis and edited by Bernadette Gasslein on a broad range of liturgy topics. 1-800-387-7164.

– Kroetsch, Murray J. “Eucharist: act of praise and thanksgiving,” Celebrate!, January-February 1999, Volume 38, no. 1, pp. 19-22.
– Kroetsch, Murray J. “Taking in order to bless,” Celebrate!, March-April 1999, Volume 38, no. 2, pp. 15-19.
– Kroetsch, Murray J. “Do this: remember and give thanks,” Celebrate!, May-June 1999, Volume 38, no. 3, pp. 18-23.
– Kroetsch, Murray J. “The breaking of bread,” Celebrate!, July-August 1999, Volume 38, no. 4, pp. 23-26.
– Kroetsch, Murray J. “Take and eat, take and drink,” Celebrate!, September-October 1999, Volume 38, no. 5, pp. 24-29.
– Kroetsch, Murray J. “Making eucharist or receiving communion?” Celebrate!, November-December, Volume 38, no 6, pp. 24-28.


A Eucharist Sourcebook, compiled by J. Robert Baker and Barbara Budde.

– Cardinal Roger Mahoney, Guide for Sunday Mass: Gather Faithfully Together (Liturgy Training Publications) 64 pages.
This is Cardinal Roger Mahony’s pastoral letter Gather Faithfully Together in book form. Here he writes about the vigor of the Sunday assembly, its beauty and its liveliness, its quiet and its passion, and proposes ways we can make the liturgy our own deed as a people who serve God and love God’s world.

– Nathan Mitchell, Real Presence: The Work of the Eucharist (Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago 1998) 135 pages.
Eucharist: Our sacrament of unity—that we never stop discussing and debating. Nor should we! Nathan Mitchell’s earlier book Cult and Controversy demonstrated the breadth of his scholarship on the history of eucharistic practice and piety in the church. In this new and expanded edition of Real Presence, Dr. Mitchell brings that scholarship to bear on the contemporary dialogue about the eucharist. What he says is vital to Sunday practice and parish life. Teachers, preachers, catechists and students especially will find help in Mitchell’s insights into the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its teachings on the eucharist; into the ways that contemporary biblical scholarship opens up our understanding of Jesus and the eucharist; into those two wonderful words that have again and again challenged the church to go ever deeper—real presence; and into the theologies of the eucharist coming from contemporary Europeans such as Jean-Luc Marion, Herbert McCabe and Catherine Pickstock. This new and expanded edition also includes Nathan Mitchell’s essay “Eucharist in the Work of Some Contemporary European Theologians” and an expanded commentary on eucharist in Luke’s gospel.

– Lawrence Johnson, The Mystery of Faith; a study of the structural elements of the order of the Mass, revised edition (Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, 2004), sold by Oregon Catholic Press.


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– “The Year of the Eucharist”, a four-part video series on the Eucharist presented by Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI, produced by the Diocese of Prince George. Available in early March 2005. The tentative titles of the presentations are: “The Gift of the Eucharist,” “Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist,” “The Eucharistic Prayer,” and “Go: Be Eucharist.” Each presentation is between 15 and 20 minutes in length. A discussion guide is also included. The four presentations will be available on two videocassettes. We have not established a price yet because we do not know what the total cost will be. At this point it is projected the set of two tapes will be between $40.00-$50.00 plus shipping. For more information or to order the series please contact: Simone Kwast, Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Box 7000, Prince George, B.C. V2N 3Z2, Telephone (250) 964-4424; fax (50) 964-2101; email: