Fall 1971

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The Movement of Eucharistic Theology Thanks to a flood of new insights a whole series of fresh and appealing explanations of the Eucharist are available to the pastor.

A priest today frequently finds himself giving informal explanations of the Eucharist. In greeting the people at the beginning of Mass, in homilies, and in the brief introductions one may intersperse before the Eucharistic Prayer or the Communion rite, the presiding priest often wants to communicate succinctly the structure of the Eucharistic action, the direction of its prayer, and the style of involvement the people should strive to have. It is no longer enough to carry out rubrics; one must communicate with people in a way that leads them to prayer and facilitates their unity and participation in the Mass. A clear and up-1;(}-date understanding of the Eucharist has become a daily pastoral tool. 267

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