On-Going Instruction in the Principles of Christianity
2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 12/6
("MYSTERY OF FAITH",
ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF
POPE PAUL VI)
Exhortation to Promote the Cult of the Eucharist
May the all-good Redeemer who shortly before His death prayed to the Father that all who were to believe in Him would be one even as He and the Father were one, deign speedily to hear out most ardent prayer and that of the entire Church, that we may all with one voice and one faith, celebrate the Eucharistic Mystery and, by participating in the Body of Christ, become one body, linked by those same bonds which He Himself desired for its perfection.
And we turn with paternal affection also to those who belong to the venerable Churches of the Orient, from which come so many most illustrious Fathers whose testimony to the belief of the Eucharist we have so gladly cited in our present letter. Our soul is filled with intense joy as we consider your faith in the Eucharist, which is also our faith, and as we listen to the liturgical prayers by which you celebrate so great a mystery we rejoice to behold your eucharistic devotion, and to read your theologians explaining or defending the doctrine of this most august Sacrament.
May the Most Blessed Virgin Mary from whom Christ Our Lord took the flesh which under the species of bread and wine “is contained, offered and consumed,” may all the saints of God, specially those who burned with a more ardent devotion to the Divine Eucharist, intercede before the Father of mercies so that from this same faith in and devotion toward the Eucharist may result and flourish a perfect unity of communion among all Christians.
Unforgettable are the words of the holy martyr Ignatius, in his warning to the faithful of Philadelphia against the evils of division and schism, the remedy for which lies in the Eucharist: “Strive then,” he said, “to make use of one form of thanksgiving for the flesh of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one and one is the chalice of in the union of His Blood, one altar, one bishop.”
Encouraged by the most consoling hope of the blessings, which will accrue to the whole Church and the entire world from an increased in devotion to the Eucharist, with profound affection We impart to you, venerable brothers, to the priests, Religious and all those who collaborate with you and to all the faithful entrusted to your care, the apostolic benediction as a pledge of heavenly graces.
Given at Rome, at St. Peter’s, the third day of September, the Feast of Pope St. Pius X, in the Year 1965, the third year of Our pontificate.
Paul VI, Pope