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Part Two

evidence of holding the Catholic faith regarding these sacraments and

possess the required dispositions.

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VII.

T

he

E

ucharist

— “P

ledge of

the

G

lory

to

C

ome

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In an ancient prayer the Church acclaims the mystery of

the Eucharist: “O sacred banquet in which Christ is received as

food, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the soul is filled with

grace and a pledge of the life to come is given to us.” If the Eucharist

is thememorial of thePassoverof theLordJesus, if byour communion

at the altarwe arefilled“witheverygrace andheavenlyblessing,”

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then the Eucharist is also an anticipation of the heavenly glory.

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At the Last Supper the Lord himself directed his disciples’

attention toward the fulfillment of the Passover in the kingdom of

God: “I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until

that day when I drink it newwith you in my Father’s kingdom.”

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Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist she remembers this

promise and turns her gaze “to himwho is to come.” In her prayer

she calls for his coming:

“Marana tha!”

“Come, Lord Jesus!”

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“May your grace come and this world pass away!”

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The Church knows that the Lord comes even now in his

Eucharist and that he is there in our midst. However, his presence

is veiled. Therefore we celebrate the Eucharist “as we await the

blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ,”

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asking

“to enjoy for ever the fullness of your glory, when you will wipe

away every tear from our eyes. For seeing you, our God, as you are,

we shall be like you for all the ages and praise you without end,

through Christ our Lord.”

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There is no surer pledge or clearer sign of this great hope

in the new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness

dwells,”

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than the Eucharist. Every time this mystery is cele-

brated, “the work of our redemption is carried on” and we “break

the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the anti-

dote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus

Christ.”

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241 Cf. CIC, can. 844 § 4.

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Roman Missal,

EP I (Roman Canon) 94:

Supplices te rogamus.

243

Mt

26:29; cf.

Lk

22:18;

Mk

14:25.

244

Rev

1:4; 22:20;

1 Cor

16:22.

245

Didache

10, 6: SCh 248, 180.

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Roman Missal

125, Embolism after the Lord’s Prayer:

expectantes beatam spem et

adventum Salvatoris nostri Jesu Christi;

cf.

Titus

2:13.

247 EP III 115: prayer for the dead.

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2 Pet

3:13.

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LG

3; St. Ignatius of Antioch,

Ad Eph.

20, 2: SCh 10, 76.

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