The book provides a simple but clear insight into the different facets of the Eucharist from the dogmatic point of view. It treats of Eucharist as Celebration, Covenant, Paschal Mystery, Memorial, Berakah, Sacrifice, Fellowship Meal and looks forward to its consummation in the Kingdom as the Eschatalogical Banquet.
An except from a doctoral thesis, this book stresses the fact that the Eucharist could be called a ‘sacrifice’ but needs to be understood differently from sacrifice as used in Judaism and all other religious contexts. The ‘sacrifice’ of Jesus is unique in that he surrendered himself (and not just an animal) once and for all in loving obedience to the Father. Genuine participation in the Eucharist therefore calls for a concrete, existential surrender (obedience) to God’s will, out of love. This enables Christians to move out of the ritual mould in which they have been entrenched over the centuries. Rs. 150.
The Eucharist is not so much for celebrating as for living! A regular, deep and personal celebration of the Eucharist inevitably produces in us, almost as an offshoot, certain attitudes which are distinctively ‘eucharistic’: thanksgiving, sharing, self-sacrifice, praise, communion and unity… The book also indicates how these can be consciously fostered in oneself by anyone interested in living what s/he celebrates. We could say then, that these Eucharistic attitudes become the “Seven Habits of Truly Effective Christians.”
Treating the word ‘proclamation’ as a technical term, the book goes on to show how a proclamation is to be made during the Liturgy and much more, how it is to be received so that it brings about an effective change in one’s life.
Taking the cue from Sacrosanctum Concilium and also Pope Paul VI’s “Mysterium Fidei” this book explores the different modes of Christ’s real presence to the Church of today. Keeping the Eucharistic presence as the core, each of the remaining six modes is correlated to the Eucharistic presence. It also shows one the skills one needs to encounter the Risen Lord in each of these modes of his real presence, emphasizing the primacy of Christ’s personal presence to each believer.