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Part Two

A

rticle

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THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST

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The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those

who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by

Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation

participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice

by means of the Eucharist.

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“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our

Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood.

This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross through-

out the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his

beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrec-

tion: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal

banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace,

and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’”

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I.

T

he

E

ucharist

—S

ource and

S

ummit

of

E

cclesial

L

ife

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The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian

life.”

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“The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries

andworks of the apostolate, are bound upwith the Eucharist and are

oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained thewhole

spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”

137

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“The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of

that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God

by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of

God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men

offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.”

138

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Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite

ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life,

when God will be all in all.

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In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith:

“Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist

in turn confirms our way of thinking.”

140

135

SC

47.

136

LG

11.

137

PO

5.

138 Congregation of Rites, instruction,

Eucharisticum mysterium,

6.

139

1 Cor

15:28.

140 St. Irenaeus,

Adv. haeres.

4, 18, 5: PG 7/1, 1028.

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