The Year of the Eucharist, guided and introduced by the Apostolic Letter Mane Nobiscum Domine, (7 October 2004), offers us an important pastoral occasion further to sensitise the Christian community, so that they make this wonderful Sacrifice and Sacrament the centre of their lives.
The Holy Father has left the execution of this initiative in the hands of the local Churches. However, he has asked the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to offer `suggestions and proposals (cf. Mane Nobiscum Domine, 29), that could result useful for Pastors and pastoral workers at all levels, who in turn are called to do their part.
That is the character of this subsidy. This document does not pretend to be exhaustive, but limits itself to operative suggestions, only mentioning the essential. At times certain important themes and areas are only referred to. A chapter entitled Eucharistic `spirituality is hoped to be very useful, at least as a stimulus, as regards formative and catechetical initiatives. It is very important to be sure, to receive the Eucharist not only in its aspect as a celebration, but also as a project of life, which is at the base of authentic Eucharistic spirituality.
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