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In this book Giles Dimock answers some the most commonly asked questions about the Eucharist that have been posed to him in his preaching and teaching. He starts off with questions on the Jewish background of Eucharist and then examines the Last Supper and its theology in the light of the Paschal Mystery. Some of the other questions deal with transubstantiation, sacrifice, Real Presence, communion, and intercommunion. Fr. Dimock's answers are both practical and ecumenical.

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Overview

In this book Giles Dimock answers some the most commonly asked questions about the Eucharist that have been posed to him in his preaching and teaching. He starts off with questions on the Jewish background of Eucharist and then examines the Last Supper and its theology in the light of the Paschal Mystery. Some of the other questions deal with transubstantiation, sacrifice, Real Presence, communion, and intercommunion. Fr. Dimock's answers are both practical and ecumenical.

The questions range from the straightforward "Why is the Eucharist called Holy Communion," "What is Forty Hours," to the more involved "What is said about the Eucharist in the Code of Canon Law?" Father Dimock places the teaching of the Church on the Eucharist in conciliar and papal documentation. Here is a book, appropriately appearing in the Year of the Eucharist, that will satisfy the spiritual as well as theological curiosity of college students and seminarians studying the Eucharist, as well as probing, informed lay people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809143658
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Responses to 101 Questions... Ser.
  • Pages: 139
  • Sales rank: 1,462,172
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1 When was the Eucharist instituted? 3
2 Is the Eucharist only a meal? 3
3 Is there a connection between the Jewish Passover and the Eucharist? 4
4 Why is this sacrament called the Eucharist? 9
5 Why is the Eucharist called the mass? 9
6 Why is the Eucharist called the blessed sacrament? 10
7 Why is the Eucharist called the divine liturgy by the churches of the East? 11
8 Why is the Eucharist called the breaking of the bread? 12
9 Why is the Eucharist called Holy Communion? 12
10 Why did the Lord use bread and wine? 17
11 Must bread and wine still be used? 18
12 What if people are allergic to wheat? what if they have celiac sprue disease? 19
13 How did the celebration of the Eucharist evolve from the Last Supper? 20
14 Why does the church celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday? 21
15 How did the liturgy of the word come to be? 23
16 Why is the mass celebrated in different rites? 24
17 What is an eastern-rite liturgy like? 25
18 What is the priest's role in the Eucharist? 26
19 Why can't a woman preside as a priest? 28
20 Is there a difference between how the priest offers and how the laity offer this sacrifice? 31
21 Are there other roles in the liturgy? 32
22 What are the parts of the Eucharistic prayer? 33
23 Why do we have so many Eucharistic prayers? 35
24 What does anamnesis mean, and how does it relate to the mass as sacrifice? 39
25 Does the sacrifice of the mass add to the sacrifice of the cross? 41
26 Didn't the old rite (Tridentine mass) better exhibit the sacrificial nature of the mass? 42
27 How is Christ present in the Eucharistic liturgy? 47
28 What does "real presence" mean, and is this true of all the modes of Christ's presence in the Eucharist? 48
29 Is this Catholic doctrine on the real presence one that goes back to the beginnings of the church, or is it a medieval development? 49
30 But isn't it tree that transubstantiation is simply an Aristotelian explanation of Christ's presence in the Eucharist suitable for the Middle Ages? 49
31 What do the terms substance and accident mean? 51
32 Is Christ present in the Eucharist exactly as he was on earth? 51
33 Shouldn't we use more contemporary terminology to describe this Eucharistic presence? 52
34 How do we differ from our Protestant brethren on this point of Christ's presence in the Eucharist? 53
35 What do the orthodox believe on this point? 54
36 Is it the words of institution or the Epiclesis that consecrates the elements in the Eucharist? 55
37 What are the conditions for a worthy communion? 61
38 How do I know if I'm in a state of mortal or serious sin? 62
39 Does a priest in serious sin still celebrate a valid mass? 63
40 How can I receive communion? on the tongue? in the hand? 64
41 Is the celebrant of the mass or the minister of communion the arbiter of how I receive communion? 65
42 Why do all stand for the Eucharistic prayer in some churches and in others, all kneel? 65
43 How come some parishes offer the chalice and others do not? 66
44 Why is it that there are different traditions as to when one might receive one's first communion? 68
45 How often may I receive Holy Communion? 69
46 What is the communion fast? 70
47 What are the fruits of Holy Communion? 71
48 Can those who are invalidly married receive communion? 72
49 What is a spiritual communion? 72
50 Are there healing aspects of the Eucharist? 73
51 Are the healings from the Eucharist physical, psychological, or spiritual? 73
52 What are the Roman guidelines for healing masses? 74
53 Can orthodox Christians receive at our mass? 75
54 Can Protestants receive communion at Catholic mass? 75
55 Can Jews or Muslims receive communion at Catholic mass? 77
56 On the other hand, can we receive at the divine liturgy (the Eucharist) celebrated by the eastern orthodox or by other eastern Christians with valid orders? 77
57 May one receive at an Anglican (Episcopalian) Eucharist? 78
58 Can we receive at a Protestant Eucharist? 79
59 Who are the ministers of Holy Communion? who are the extraordinary ministers? 80
60 What is Viaticum and how is it administered? 81
61 Why do we reserve the Eucharist? 85
62 What is exposition of the blessed sacrament? 85
63 What is benediction of the blessed sacrament? 86
64 Aren't these medieval devotions somewhat passe in the era of the renewed Eucharistic liturgy? 87
65 Isn't adoration something just for religious communities? 89
66 What are some of the guidelines for Eucharistic adoration according to HCEWOM? 90
67 May any prayer at all be said before the exposed blessed sacrament? 90
68 Are Corpus Christi or Eucharistic processions still encouraged? 91
69 What is forty hours? 92
70 What is a Eucharistic congress? 93
71 What is said about the Eucharist in the code of canon law? 94
72 What are the major documents on the Eucharist issued since Vatican II? 96
73 What is a tabernacle? what are its requirements? 99
74 Where is the tabernacle placed in a Catholic church? 99
75 What is a Eucharistic-reservation chapel? 100
76 What is the history of reserving the Eucharist? 101
77 What ways may the blessed sacrament be reserved now? 102
78 What are the major Eucharistic vessels? 102
79 What is a pyx? what is a monstrance or ostensorium? 103
80 How are these vessels blessed for use in the liturgy? 104
81 What is the proper way to purify the sacred vessels? 104
82 What is Eucharistic spirituality? is it a devotion? is it biblical? 109
83 Is Eucharistic spirituality trinitarian? 110
84 Is Eucharistic spirituality charismatic? is it the work of the Holy Spirit? 111
85 Are service of the poor and social justice opposed to Eucharistic spirituality? 112
86 What was Pope John Paul's Eucharistic spirituality? 114
87 What are some of the key points that John Paul emphasized in Ecclesia de Eucharistia? 116
88 Are some religious orders devoted to Eucharistic adoration? 118
89 What is a holy hour? 119
90 How does one pray in adoration before the blessed sacrament? 119
91 What saints encouraged Eucharistic adoration? 125
92 What saints nourished their contemplative life with the Eucharist? 126
93 What saint promoted forty hours? 128
94 Who was the pope of the Eucharist? 129
95 What saint could be called the doctor of the Eucharist? 129
96 What is the heavenly liturgy? 133
97 What are the eschatological dimensions of the Eucharist? 134
98 Does the Eucharist help those in purgatory? what is purgatory? 135
99 Is the liturgy cosmic? 136
100 Do the angels and saints participate in this liturgy? 137
101 How is the Eucharist a foretaste of heaven? 137
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