Encyclical on the Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church by Saint Pope John Paul II

Sept 24, 2022

The beginning of this great saints letter to “Bishops, Priests and Deacons, Men and Women in the Consecrated Life and all the lay faithful” is an important Magisterial document for single lay faithful to read. The Magisterium gives us the teachings we need to live a life centered on the Eucharist. 

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope.”