At the Breaking of Bread: Homilies on the Eucharist celebrates the Year of the Eucharist by reflecting on many of the scriptural themes contained in the Apostolic Letter Mane nobiscum Domine. The image of the disciples who recognise Jesus at the breaking of bread is central to this selection of homilies which incorporates the three liturgical cycles and contains fitting insights from priests working in dioceses in both Ireland and England.
As a companion to the daily and Sunday readings, At the Breaking of Bread: Homilies on the Eucharist is an invaluable source of reflection and inspiration for all engaged in pastoral ministry.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Patrick Jones is Director of the National Centre for Liturgy at St Patricks College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
This is a volume of 35 short chapters based on sermons given by a various selection of priests. While written primarily for a Roman Catholic congregation, the can be enjoyed and pondered upon by anyone with a Christian outlook. Broadly grouped under headings of the Eucharist, the human condition, giving thanks, real presence, word and sacrifice, bread of life, service, Justice and mission, the reader can easily dip into reflection without weighty bookish philosophy. He might even be persuaded as is intended to source these themes from their origin the Bible. Some of the topics dealt with: why go to church? The communion (i.e. being together) or the breaking of bread whether in the religious sense or the social sense, the sign of peace, the need for religion not to be merely a Sunday event, serving others, the art of personal judgment, the sense of mission, the deep hunger of the human heart, coping with a cot death and the why, reconciling having so much when others are destitute, etc. Towards the end there is reference to the Revd Mary Stevens, the first women to be ordained into the Anglican Priesthood in Lincoln Cathedral and whereas the author was able to attend and preach, he goes on to deal with the mental difficulty an elderly priest there had in approaching the communion table. Each chapter immediately draws its reader to its deeper thinking by way of a common feature of life the joke without a punch line, the issue of obesity, getting something for nothing (?), being chosen for a school team, the boredom of routine, suddenly being aware of living in a country of affluence, old photos contrasting the technological advancement of today, Christmas surprises maybe this book could be such for some this year!
- Diocesan Magazine, December 2005