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Sacramentum caritatis

Sacramentum caritatis (The Sacrament of Charity) is the first post-synodal (Rome, October 2, 2005 – October 23, 2005) apostolic exhortation by Pope Benedict XVI. It was signed February 22, 2007.

Sacramentum caritatis
Latin for 'The Sacrament of Charity'
Apostolic exhortation of PopeBenedict XVI
Signature date22 February 2007
Subjectsacrament of the Eucharis
Number1 of 4 of the pontificate
Text
Benedict XVI holding the Blessed Sacrament, also known as the Eucharist, which numerous miracles prove the substance of which is Jesus Christ's real, true, and substantial Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

The document expounded on the sacrament of the Eucharist. Following an introduction, it consisted of three parts, each presenting a different perspective of the Church's understanding of the Eucharist.

Contents

Pope Benedict examines the important relationship between the Eucharist and the other sacraments. He also highlights the social implications of the Eucharist and connects it with the Church's social teaching. The document is divided in three parts revolving around the Eucharist as a mystery (1) to be believed, (2) to be celebrated, and (3) to be lived.

To be believed

In Sacramentum caritatis, Benedict quotes John 6:51, ""I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh". He points out that the Eucharist is essentially Trinitarian. "Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, in his Catecheses, states that we "call upon God in his mercy to send his Holy Spirit upon the offerings before us, to transform the bread into the body of Christ and the wine into the blood of Christ." The epiclesis of the Mass is a petition to the Father to send down the gift of the Spirit so that the bread and the wine will become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Benedict also expands on the relationship between the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance. "We know that the faithful are surrounded by a culture that tends to eliminate the sense of sin and to promote a superficial approach that overlooks the need to be in a state of grace in order to approach sacramental communion worthily. The loss of a consciousness of sin always entails a certain superficiality in the understanding of God's love. Bringing out the elements within the rite of Mass that express consciousness of personal sin and, at the same time, of God's mercy, can prove most helpful to the faithful."

Since the beauty of the Eucharist pertains directly to Christ in his person, it enables the participants a glimpse into the eschatological dimension inherent in the Eucharist as a pledge of future glory.

To be celebrated

In the celebration of the Eucharist, Jesus Christ shows us how the truth of love can transform even the dark mystery of death into the radiant light of the resurrection. Through the Eucharist, He becomes all in all, present in his totality within the members of the Church (par #36). The individual members make up the spiritual stones of the Church. Singing is an expression of joy and, if we consider the matter, an expression of love. The new man sings a new song. (par #42)

To be lived
  1. Sacrament of Charity, USCCB
  2. Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum caritatis, §7, February 22, 2007, Libreria Editrice Vaticana
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Sacramentum caritatis
Sacramentum caritatis Language Watch Edit Sacramentum caritatis The Sacrament of Charity is the first post synodal Rome October 2 2005 October 23 2005 apostolic exhortation by Pope Benedict XVI It was signed February 22 2007 Sacramentum caritatis Latin for The Sacrament of Charity Apostolic exhortation of Pope Benedict XVISignature date22 February 2007Subjectsacrament of the EucharisNumber1 of 4 of the pontificateTextIn LatinIn English Pastores gregis Verbum Domini Benedict XVI holding the Blessed Sacrament also known as the Eucharist which numerous miracles prove the substance of which is Jesus Christ s real true and substantial Body Blood Soul and Divinity The document expounded on the sacrament of the Eucharist Following an introduction it consisted of three parts each presenting a different perspective of the Church s understanding of the Eucharist Contents 1 Content 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksContent EditPope Benedict examines the important relationship between the Eucharist and the other sacraments He also highlights the social implications of the Eucharist and connects it with the Church s social teaching 1 The document is divided in three parts revolving around the Eucharist as a mystery 1 to be believed 2 to be celebrated and 3 to be lived To be believed In Sacramentum caritatis Benedict quotes John 6 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven if anyone eats of this bread he will live forever and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh 2 He points out that the Eucharist is essentially Trinitarian Saint Cyril of Jerusalem in his Catecheses states that we call upon God in his mercy to send his Holy Spirit upon the offerings before us to transform the bread into the body of Christ and the wine into the blood of Christ 3 The epiclesis of the Mass is a petition to the Father to send down the gift of the Spirit so that the bread and the wine will become the body and blood of Jesus Christ Benedict also expands on the relationship between the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance We know that the faithful are surrounded by a culture that tends to eliminate the sense of sin and to promote a superficial approach that overlooks the need to be in a state of grace in order to approach sacramental communion worthily The loss of a consciousness of sin always entails a certain superficiality in the understanding of God s love Bringing out the elements within the rite of Mass that express consciousness of personal sin and at the same time of God s mercy can prove most helpful to the faithful 4 Since the beauty of the Eucharist pertains directly to Christ in his person it enables the participants a glimpse into the eschatological dimension inherent in the Eucharist as a pledge of future glory 5 To be celebrated In the celebration of the Eucharist Jesus Christ shows us how the truth of love can transform even the dark mystery of death into the radiant light of the resurrection Through the Eucharist He becomes all in all present in his totality within the members of the Church par 36 The individual members make up the spiritual stones of the Church Singing is an expression of joy and if we consider the matter an expression of love The new man sings a new song par 42 To be livedSee also EditEcclesia de EucharistiaReferences Edit Sacrament of Charity USCCB Pope Benedict XVI Sacramentum caritatis 7 February 22 2007 Libreria Editrice Vaticana Sacramentum caritatis 13 sfn error no target CITEREFSacramentum caritatis 13 help Sacramentum caritatis 20 sfn error no target CITEREFSacramentum caritatis 20 help Sacramentum caritatis 32 sfn error no target CITEREFSacramentum caritatis 32 help External links EditSacramentum caritatis Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sacramentum caritatis amp oldid 1029640141, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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