The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
The whole Church is united with the offering and intercession of
Since he has the ministry of Peter in the Church, the
associated with every celebration of the Eucharist, wherein he is
named as the sign and servant of the unity of the universal Church.
of the place is always responsible for the Eucharist, even
presides; the bishop’s name is mentioned to signify
his presidency over the particular Church, in the midst of his
presbyterium and with the assistance of
intercedes also for all ministers who, for it and with it, offer the
Let only that Eucharist be regarded as legitimate, which is
celebrated under [the presidency of] the bishop or him to
whom he has entrusted it.
Through the ministry of priests the spiritual sacrifice of the
faithful is completed in union with the sacrifice of Christ the
only Mediator, which in the Eucharist is offered through the
priests’ hands in the name of thewholeChurch in anunbloody
and sacramental manner until the Lord himself comes.
To the offering of Christ are united not only the members
still here on earth, but also those already
in the glory of heaven.
communion with and commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary
and all the saints, the Church offers the Eucharistic sacrifice. In the
Eucharist the Church is as it were at the foot of the cross withMary,
united with the offering and intercession of Christ.
The Eucharistic sacrifice is also offered for
the faithful de
who “have died in Christ but are not yet wholly purified,”
so that they may be able to enter into the light and peace of Christ:
Put this body anywhere! Don’t trouble yourselves about it!
I simply ask you to remember me at the Lord’s altar wher-
ever you are.
Then, we pray [in the anaphora] for the holy fathers and
bishops who have fallen asleep, and in general for all who
have fallen asleep before us, in the belief that it is a great
benefit to the souls on whose behalf the supplication is
offered, while the holy and tremendous Victim is present. . . .
By offering to God our supplications for those who have
fallen asleep, if they have sinned, we . . . offer Christ sacri-
ficed for the sins of all, and so render favorable, for them and
for us, the God who loves man.
191 St. Ignatius of Antioch,
8:1; SCh 10, 138.
2 § 4.
193 Council of Trent (1562): DS 1743.
194 St. Monica, before her death, to her sons, St. Augustine and his brother;
9, 11, 27: PL 32, 775.
195 St. Cyril of Jerusalem,
5, 9. 10: PG 33, 1116-1117.