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The Mystery of Faith: Meditations on the EucharistThe Mystery of Faith: Meditations on the Eucharist
Tadeusz Dajczer
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These 16 Eucharistic meditations will bring you into a deeper understanding of the truth that takes place on the altar at each and every Mass around the world. The encouragement and inspiration you will derive from reading The Mystery of the Faith will teach you how to live the Eucharist, not just go to Mass. Jacketed Hardcover.
     

 
The Lamb's Supper: The Mass As Heaven On EarthThe Lamb's Supper: The Mass As Heaven On Earth
Scott Hahn
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"Hahn writes of attending his first mass, where he was struck by the word used to describe Jesus: lamb. Not the majestic, awe-inspiring language we usually reserve for God. But the Book of Revelation calls Jesus lamb, too, 28 times in 22 chapters. This was the first inkling that here was the key to understanding the mass,"---Kirkus Reviews. 192 pages, hardcover. Doubleday.
     

 
Understanding Four Views on the Lord's SupperUnderstanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper
John H. Armstrong, Paul E. Engle, Russell D. Moore
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It's the central sacrament of the church---so why do various denominations view and practice communion so differently? Exploring the major positions on this important question, Armstrong looks at the beliefs of four respected contributors who defend their stands on memorialism (Baptist); spiritual presence (Reformed); consubstantiation (Lutheran); and transubstantiation (Roman Catholic). 208 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
     

 

 
Lectures on the Christian SacramentsLectures on the Christian Sacraments
Cyril of Jerusalem
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These six lectures from St. Cyril of Jerusalem delivered in the 4th century serve as catechetical instructions to potential converts in a newly Christianized Roman state. The first lecture, the "procatechesis," functions as a welcome to new catechumens preparing for baptism and offers doctrinal instruction in association with this sacrament. The remaining five are then considered by St. Cyril as "mystagogical catecheses," which serve as an exposition of the rites of baptism, chrismation, and the Eucharist for the newly baptized. This edition of On the Christian Sacraments includes an noteworthy introduction to the person of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, along with his "procatechesis" in both Greek and English..

About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.

Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.

Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
     

 
The Sacred MealThe Sacred Meal
Nora Gallagher
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In The Sacred Meal, Nora Gallagher explores the beauty and mystery of the Lord's Supper. Whether exploring the history of Christian Communion, taking us inside the workings of a soup kitchen or sharing times of joy and sadness with friends, Gallagher reminds us what it means to partake of and be part of the body of Christ. The sacred meal that is part of our faith does more than connect us to the holy. It connects us to each other.
     

 
Blessed Are the Hungry: Meditations on the Lord SupperBlessed Are the Hungry: Meditations on the Lord Supper
Peter J. Leithart
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What happens in communion? For centuries, theologians have debated that question. Leithart takes an intriguing look at the typological framework of sacramental theology in this concise collection of essays. He reveals the clues communion holds to the meaning of all creation and history, and skillfully blends technical theological discussions of theology with wonderfully meditative reading. 190 pages, softcover from Canon.
     

 

 
The Healing Power of the EucharistThe Healing Power of the Eucharist
John H. Hampsch
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At the communion in the Roman Liturgy, Catholics pray, "Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed." And Father John Hampsch says that if we approach the Eucharist with even a little faith, we can expect to experience God's action in our lives. The book provides the excellent exposition on Jesus' healing through the sacraments by a most gifted teacher. Paperback.
     

 
Understanding the Sacraments: EucharistUnderstanding the Sacraments: Eucharist
Lawrence E. Mick

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Sacraments are at the heart of our lives as Catholics, the way we celebrate together our continuing conversion and encounter with God. Sacramental preparation is essential if we are to experience the fullness of life in community and in Christ. Ever conscious of the complex history of the church and its dynamic relationship to ritual, Father Lawrence Mick gives us these booklets-based on individual chapters of his popular Understanding the Sacraments Today-as a companion to the ongoing and repeated practices that nourish us.

Eucharist is not just about communion. It is the liturgy where Christ is revealed as present in the community (Body of Christ), the presider, the Word (Logos) proclaimed, and the consecrated bread and wine (Body and Blood of Christ). "Eucharist" means thanksgiving, and "Mass" comes from the word for sending out. We give thanks for all that Jesus has done and is, and we are sent out to share the good news with others. The liturgy reflects the scope of Jesus' ministry, from the Incarnation to the sending out of his apostles to carry on the work of building God's kingdom. In this booklet Father Mick discusses the four parts of the Mass (the gathering, Liturgy of the Word, Eucharist, and dismissal), attending particularly to the way our participation makes possible the encounter with Christ and with others as we come together to celebrate, worship, and continually make present the Body of Christ.
     

 
Sacrament of Unity: The Eucharist and the ChurchSacrament of Unity: The Eucharist and the Church
Walter Cardinal Kasper

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John Paul II proclaimed 2005 the "Year of the Eucharist." At the Eucharistic World Congress, the president of the Papal Council of Ecumenism presented this book to the gathering to commemorate the celebration of Jesus' broken body and his blood shed for our sins as a unifying rite for all churches. 176 pages, softcover. Herder & Herder.
     

 
Models of the EucharistModels of the Eucharist
Kevin W. Irwin
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Models of the Eucharist outlines how the Eucharist is integral to and integrative of nothing less than the Christian life itself. Its premise is that the liturgy of the Eucharist--especially the post-Vatican II liturgy--should be a primary source for both eucharistic theology and eucharistic spirituality.
     

 
God is Near Us: The Eucharist, The Heart of LifeGod is Near Us: The Eucharist, The Heart of Life
Joseph Ratzinger
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The second Vatican Council says, "We ought to try to discover a new reverence for the Eucharistic mystery. Something is happening that is greater than anything we can do. The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is the font from which all her power flows." This profound statement about the Eucharist stands at the center of this book by Cardinal Ratzinger. He compellingly shows us the biblical, historical, and theological dimensions of the Eucharist. The Cardinal draws far-reaching conclusion, focusing on the importance of one's personal devotion to and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, for the personal reception of Communion by the individual Christian, as well as for the life of the Church. For Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, the transformation of the world on the social plane grows out of the celebration of the Eucharist. He beautifully illustrates how the omnipotent God comes intimately close to us in the Holy Eucharist, the Heart of Life.
     


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