Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Pope's General Audience: The Eucharist is a mystery and it's the heart of our Church




In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. He described it as the source of the Church's life that makes itself present throughout one's pilgrimage of 'faith, fellowship and witness.'

The Pope then added that the Eucharist is not only God's flesh, but also a living witness of the Scriptures.

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our catechesis on the sacraments of Christian initiation, we now reflect on the Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. As the source of the Church’s life, the Eucharist accompanies every step of our pilgrimage of faith, fellowship and witness.

The Mass is a banquet which nourishes us not only with the bread of life received from the altar, where Christ’s sacrifice is offered, but also with the proclamation of God’s word in the Scriptures. At the Last Supper, Christ gave us this sacrament when he broke bread and offered the cup as the foreshadowing of his sacrifice on the Cross.

In the Eucharistic sacrifice, Jesus has thus given us the supreme prayer of thanksgiving to God our merciful Father. As the memorial of the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, the Eucharist makes present the paschal mystery in all its saving power.

May we give thanks for this great gift, which grants us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet when we will see God face to face. Let us ask the Lord, present in this Holy Sacrament, always to shape our lives and our communities.

Speaker: I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience, including those from England and the United States. I greet in particular the group of Pallottine Missionary Sisters. Upon you and your families I invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace.

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