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Date of Award

Summer 1981

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Kevin Seasoltz OSB

Abstract

Eucharist is the central mystery of our faith. In the words of Odo Casel it is described as the "sacred and worshipful action in which a redemptive work of the past is made present in a determined rite, the present community, when accomplishing this sacred rite, enters into participation with the redemptive fact thus evoked and so acquires its own salvation." This mystery, so profound and so creative, is meant to be both the source and the expression of Christian community. At the core of this mystery is Christ, present and actively creating his people. In this paper I will attempt to explore the meaning of Christ's presence in the Eucharist and try to express this meaning in terms that the ordinary layman/woman can grasp.

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