This, Too, Is My Body

WHEN DOES THE CONSECRATION HAPPEN?

This year marks the fifth anniversary of a Vatican document about which most Catholics know very little, Guidelines for Admission to the Eucharist between the Chaldean Church and the Assyrian Church of the East. It was signed on July 20, 2001, but it has had little effect on how Catholics think about the statement’s core issue: the nature of the Eucharistic Prayer, the “center and summit” of the Mass.

The document was approved by...

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About the Author

Mark Plaiss, a deacon in the Diocese of Gary, Indiana, is the author of The Inner Room (St. Anthony Messenger Press).