Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Encyclical Letter on the Eucharist in Its Relationship to
Pope John Paul II
April 17, Holy Thursday, 2003
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Eucharistia was published by Pope John Paul II in the twenty-
fifth year of his pontificate. It is striking that the date and
signature specifically add, "in the Year of the Rosary."
Introducing his reason for the document, the Holy Father
I would like to rekindle this Eucharistic "amazement" by the
present Encyclical Letter, in continuity with the Jubilee heritage
which I have left to the Church in the Apostolic Letter Novo
Millennio Ineunte and its Marian crowning, Rosarium Virginis
Mariae. To contemplate the face of Christ, and to contemplate
it with Mary, is the "program" which I have set before the Church
at the dawn of the third millennium, summoning her to put out into
the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the new
For Pope John Paul II, Christ and Mary are inseparable, just as
Christ and his Church are inseparable. This inseparable link is
embodied in the Eucharist. He continues:
By proclaiming the Year of the Rosary, I wish to put this, my
twenty-fifth anniversary, under the aegis of the contemplation of
Christ at the school of Mary. Consequently, I cannot let this Holy
Thursday 2003 pass without halting before the "Eucharistic face" of
Christ and pointing out with new force to the Church the centrality
of the Eucharist. (7)
An entire chapter of the document is devoted to Mary, Woman of the
Eucharist. Reference to Mary is found in thirteen of the sixty-two
paragraphs of the encyclical (6, 7, 19, 25, 53-59, 62).
||The Mystery of Faith 11-20
||The Eucharist Builds the Church
||The Apostolicity of the Eucharist and of
the Church 26-33
||The Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion
||The Dignity of the Eucharistic
||At the School of Mary, "Woman of the
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