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by Rev. Athanasius Schneider,Nicholas L. Gregoris,Malcolm Ranjith

Explores the best interior attitude of the faithful Christian toward the Holy Eucharist: receptivity, humility, and spiritual childhood.
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ISBN: 0977884619
ISBN13: 978-0977884612
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Worship & Devotion
Author: Rev. Athanasius Schneider,Nicholas L. Gregoris,Malcolm Ranjith
Language: English
Publisher: Newman House Press; 1 edition (January 5, 2009)
Pages: 63 pages
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Rating: 4.7
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It is rare, almost impossible, to find a Catholic Bishop worthy of the name. And yet, His Excellency Schneider is one such man: a man of God, and a faithful son of Holy Mother Church. Do not be fooled by the brevity of this work: from beginning to end it packs a mighty punch. For men of good will, it will serve to undo much of the confusion concerning "communion in the hand", caused by the insanity of the post-Conciliar hysteria to protestantize the Holy Roman Catholic Church. If we had more Bishops like Athanasius Schneider, modernism would be over
With surgical precision the cure for the crisis of the Church is diagnosed and given its solution.

From reading various reviews I expected to get more than I did in terms of this book eliciting some exciting promise for renewal, a pol-emetic. Instead I got something perhaps better, a significant line of sober witnesses-- of Martyrs, Confessors of the Church, Doctors of the Church, '"Eucharistic" women',and others--giving testimonies that are sweeping and deep, which collectively lead to the all but too plain fact and conclusion that it makes no sense the church stopped requiring the reception by the faithful of communion in a kneeling posture before the priest and from the priest's hand alone receiving Our Lord directly on the tongue; and that it ought to return to it. There is a powerful little package of hope here.

This presentation of holy witnesses, by its bare bone simplicity, makes ones' common sense starkly reduce the present crisis in the church to the irreducible point where we are at--all that the Bishops need to do in the church to solve its problem is to convince the faithful they are most serious about broadly and consistently working uniformly at restoring reverence to Our Lord's preeminent presence in the Eucharist by making the experience of participating in its worship notable for being always extraordinarily different in its sacredness and reverence and by structuring the liturgy according to a tight set of richly dogmatic and symbolic universally held rubrics that build up about the consecration and communion a profound reverence and adoration. This brief, simply organized and simply stated discourse made up of common sense, "Dominus Est", is a go-to for the faithful to have recourse to in that restoration.

Meanwhile I will pray.

May all Catholics and Christians be one under our Eucharistic Lord and His Visible Catholic Church.
A great little 63-page book on the reverence we should show the Holy Eucharist. The primary method this booklet uses is to make the argument against receiving Communion in the hand. To a lesser degree a second argument is made that kneeling at Mass should not be phased out but rediscovered. The author, a bishop of Central Asia, says that Communion in the hand and less kneeling has furthered disbelief in the Real Presence. He includes this quote of Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict):

"By going to Communion without 'discernment,' we fail to reach the heights of what is taking place in Communion; we reduce the Lord's gift to the level of everyday ordinariness and manipulation." (P.41)

The opening chapter, "'Eucharistic Women' and Holy Communion in the Soviet Underground", discusses the great sufferings of Catholics in the former Soviet Union from 1917-1990. What lengths of heroism they resorted to, to protect, preserve, and distribute the Holy Eucharist.

The discussion of Eastern attitudes towards the Holy Eucharist includes the information that "In some Eastern Liturgies, the consecrated Bread is designated by the name 'pearl.' (P. 35). The book is also a treasure trove of quotes from 2000 years of Christendom and among others includes the words of: Pope St. John Paul II, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine, Pope St. Gregory the Great, Blessed Columba Marmion, St. John Damascene, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Pope St. John XXIII, St. Peter Julian Eymard, and St. Francis of Assisi. Highly recommended.
A perfect primer in Eucharistic reverence! This is perhaps the best book I have ever read on the subject of reverence for the Holy Eucharist because of its readability and short length. This is the type of book that should be read by all Catholics. Even more so it should bought in bulk and distributed to deacons, priests, bishops, and anyone who is being trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion so that they are sure to understand the extremely grave nature of the job they are being called on to undertake. God willing soon we will see a vocation boom which will return the Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies to the duly consecrated and anointed men of the cloth making lay ministers exta-ordinary once again.
Should be required reading of everything Catholic. Considering how many Catholics now don't even think about how they receive the Holy and Spotless Victim, this book was a great refresher on the reverence due to Our Lord during Holy Mass. Recommend buying for friends, priests, and seminarians alike!
A thorough study on the need to respect the Eucharist. In the first part he tells about his family's experience, and dedication to the Catholic Church, under Communism and is itself worth the price of the book. His scholarship is so complete that Pope Benedict XVI, after reading this book, returned to requiring that people receive the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling when he was celebrating Mass. Truth is truth.
This little book is a real gem. The historical background of the reverence to the Eucharist over the past millennia shown by Catholics gone by, the gentle debunking/contextualising of the unqualified narrative that in the early church communion was received on the hand standing, the accounts of those wonderful Eucharistic women, amongst other things, are a joy to behold. The book is simply beautiful. Thank you Bishop Athanasius Schneider for your clarity, gentleness and eloquence.