The Eucharist stands at the center of the Church's life. And through the centuries, the celebration of this great mystery of faith has been invested with reverence, care, devotion, and love. In this instruction, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sets forth the liturgical norms for the celebration and adoration of the Holy Eucharist, prepared to ensure that this supreme act of worship is closely observed with the sacredness it demands. As states by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, this mystery "is too great for anyone to feel free to treat it lightly." The work outlines the sacred responsibilities of the bishops, priests and deacons, as well as the participation of the lay faithful and addresses a range of concerns regarding Holy Communion and Mass. An indispensable liturgical guide belongs in the hands of every cleric, religious, and member of the lay faithful.
Media ID: 31688
Length: 84 pages
Publisher: USCCB

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult