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2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 8/2


MYSTERIUM FIDEI
("MYSTERY OF FAITH",
ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF
POPE PAUL VI)

 

The Holy Euchasist is a Mystery of Faith

First of all, We wish to recall something which is well known to you but which is altogether necessary for repelling every virus of rationalism, something to which many illustrious martyrs have witnessed with their blood, while celebrated Father and Doctors of the Church constantly professed and taught it; that is, that the Eucharist is a very great mystery. In fact, properly speaking, and to use the words of the sacred liturgy, it is the Mystery of Faith. “Indeed, in it alone,” as Leo XIII, Our predecessor of happy memory very wisely remarked, “are contained, in a remarkable richness and variety of miracles, all supernatural realities.” 

We must therefore approach especially this Mystery with humble respect, not following human arguments, which ought to be silent, but adhering firmly to Divine Revelation.

St. John Chrysostom, who as you know, treated of the eucharistic Mystery with such nobility of language and insight born of devotion, instructing his faithful on one occasion about this Mystery, expressed these most fitting words: 

Let us submit to God in all things and not contradict Him, even if what He says seems contrary to our reason and intellect, rather let His words prevail over our reason and intellect; rather let His words prevail over our reason and intellect. Let us act in this way with regard to the [Eucharistic] Mysteries, looking not only at what falls under our senses but holding on to His words. For His word cannot lead us astray.” 

The Scholastic Doctors often made similar affirmations: That in this Sacrament are the true Body of Christ and His true Blood is something that “cannot be apprehended by the senses,” says St. Thomas, “but only by faith which relies on divine authority". This is why, in a comment on Luke, 22:19: (“This is My Body which is given for you”) St. Cyril says: "'Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in faith, for since He is the truth, He cannot lie.’” 

Thus the Christian people, echoing the words of the same St. Thomas, frequently sing the words: “Sight, touch, and taste in Thee are each deceived, the ear alone most safely is believed. I believe all the Son of God has spoken—than Truth’s own word there is no truer token.” 

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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