| Year 2009 Canonical Studies
The Concept Eucharist in Oriental Code: Towards a Eucharist Spirituality in Canon Law.
(Rev. Dr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath)
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1.0 Introduction

It is the Eucharist that makes the Church the living body of Christ. This understanding of the Holy Eucharist has evolved through a very long history of the Church. At one time the Church condemned those who were not in communion with the Eucharist. The tenth canon of the Council of Trent was originally drawn up in the following words, “If any one shall say, that faith alone is sufficient preparation for receiving the most excellent sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, let him be anathema. And, that this sacrament may not be taken unworthily and therefore unto death and condemnation, the Council ordains and declares, that, for those whose conscience is burdened with mortal sin, it is necessary to premise sacramental confession. And if any one shall presume to teach, preach, obstinately to affirm, or publicly to dispute to the contrary, let him be ipso facto excommunicated.”1 Where as the Second Vatican Council declared, “This Church of Christ is truly present in all legitimate local congregations of the faithful which, united with their pastors, are themselves called churches in the New Testament. (Acts. 8, 1; 14, 22-23; 29m 17). For in their locality these are the new People called by God, in the Holy Spirit and in much fullness. (1 Thess. 1, 5)/ In them the faithful are gathered together by the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, and the mystery of the Lord’s Supper is

1. WATER WORTHY, Council of Trent, cxxxiv. The official canon of the council is a little modified one. We quote this draft just to show the mind of the Church.

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