| Year 2009 Canonical Studies
Redemptionis Sacramentum and its implication for the celebration of the sacrament of Eucharist
(Fr. S. Antony Samy)
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The Church founded by Jesus Christ as a sacrament of salvation to proclaim the Good news to all the creatures in the world till the end of time (Mt. 28:19), continually lives and grows by the blessed Eucharist. Born of the Paschal mystery, the Church makes centre of its life the Eucharist, a sacrament of the paschal mystery in an outstanding way. To the Church Eucharist is a gift par excellence from Christ, her Lord – it is the gift of himself as well as the gift of his saving work. Eucharist is the sacrifice of the cross perpetrated down the ages. It is a sacrifice in the strict sense. Christ suffered for all men, so it doe not remain confined to the past, but it transcends the time.

The sacrifice is so decisive for the salvation of the human race that Jesus Christ offered it and returned to the Father only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there. This aspect of the universal charity of the Eucharistic sacrifice is based on the words of the Savior Himself (Lk. 22: 19-20). It is as the living and risen One that Christ can become in Eucharist the living bread (Jn. 6: 51). The sacrifice of Christ is made present ever anew, sacramentally perpetrated in every community which offers at the hands of the consecrated ministers. As the Church acknowledges with steadfast faith in the Most Holy Eucharist, sacrament of redemption.1 the Eucharist must be celebrated properly observing all the liturgical norms so as to make the faithful to have a more conscious, active and fruitful participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar.

It is in this connection the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued an Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, on certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist. In fact this Instruction was prepared by the above said Congregation by the mandate of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. The Holy Father approved it on 19th March 2004 and order it to be published for the immediate observation of all concerned.

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1. See U. Navarrete, Structura iuridica matrimonii secundum Concilium Vaticanum II: momentum Iuridica amoris coniugalis, Roma, PUG, 1968, p. 17

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