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Saturday's programme begins at 11am at Ushaw with a keynote lecture by David Grumett, author of Material Eucharist. Other speakers include Jan Graffius, curator at Stonyhurst College, Canon Simon Oliver, and Claire Marsland, curator at Ushaw.
"Poem of the Eucharistic Bread" is neither Bernardez's best poem nor his best-known poem, but it does perhaps represent his most overt attempt both to give voice to his own self-identity as a Catholic poet, and to articulate the centrality of the Eucharist to that self-identity.
This language is important and matters for we have our children attending Masses to learn and grow in understanding the Mass or the Eucharist or the Blessed Sacrament.
This tension--the Eucharist's simultaneous offering of access to God and the receiver's forced recognition that man can never be like God--is the thread linking the book's six chapters.
I invite you to reflect on the Eucharist and the Mass from the perspective of Father Delaney's story.
10.30am: Festival Eucharist for Easter Service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And that wonderful alternation in the Gospels between Jesus giving and receiving hospitality shows us something absolutely essential about the Eucharist. We are the guests of Jesus.
He left His own Body and Blood, His Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. He explained: "Thus, to say farewell, the Lord Jesus Christ, perfect God and perfect man, did not leave His friends a symbol, but the reality of Himself...Under the species of bread and wine, He is really present..." To show our gratitude for this inestimable gift of Himself, we should try to receive the Holy Eucharist frequently, if possible every day.
That mistake has allowed us to forget that the Eucharist is about the actual food that we eat every day, including the bread that pops up in the morning from our toasters and provides the base for the peanut butter sandwiches our children eat.
He then uses both steps to discover the faith meaning of a particular Eucharist as typically celebrated in a modern American parish on Sunday morning using the 2011 translation of the Roman Missal.
The Eucharist, gift of God is the core theme of the post synodal Apostyolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis of Benedict XVI.
In the introduction, McMichael explicitly states that this is not a compendium of different views or a rehearsal of standard arguments, but rather "a corn-panion to several other studies of every facet of the history, liturgy, practice, and theology of the Eucharist" (6).