Before his election to the papacy, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger shared his thoughts on the Eucharist and the liturgy in the Vatican Instruction, Redemptionis Sacramentum, which he co-authored with Cardinal Francis Arinze.
To help you intensify your love and devotion to the Eucharistic Jesus, we would like to share with you the audio book version of Redemptionis Sacramentum, as a means of helping you to absorb this timely Vatican Instruction in spite of your busy schedule.
In Redemptionis Sacramentum, Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal Arinze wonderfully develop the underlying meaning of liturgical norms and the sacredness and universality of the Holy Eucharist. ThisVatican instruction will surely deepen your devotion and reverence for the gift of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It will also help you to understand how compliance with liturgical norms contributes to the unity of the Church.
Redemptionis Sacramentum is a grace-filled way to let Christ into your life during this Year of the Eucharist, which was established by John Paul II.
It provides you with a wonderful opportunity to understand the mind and heart of our new Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who said in his first address to the College of Cardinals after his election, ".express in a courageous and clear way (your belief in and love for) the real presence of the Lord, above all through the solemnity and the correctness of the celebrations."
In Redemptionis Sacramentum,you will learn about:
Who is responsible for regulating the Sacred Liturgy;
What is the proper role of the Lay Faithful in the Mass;
The importance of fidelity to approved text for the proper consecration of bread and wine;
Who is authorized to read the Gospel and deliver the homily;
Who qualifies to distribute Holy Communion;
How to properly and worthily receive Holy Communion;
Norms surrounding Eucharistic worship outside the Mass; and
Remedies to correct abuses against the dignity of the Holy Eucharist and to ensure authentic Catholic worship.
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