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Dominus Est It Is the Lord! Reflections of a Bishop of Central Asia on Holy Communion Paperback – January 5, 2009
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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.
The book is a short read of 51 pages, however each page is pregnant with meaning. Worth every penny and much more.