U.S. Episcopate Publishing Vatican Document on Eucharist

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 23, 2004 (Zenit.org).- USCCB Publishing, an entity of the U.S. bishops’ conference, is the initial publisher in this country on the Vatican’s new document on matters regarding the Eucharist.

The Holy See today issued the instruction “Redemptionis Sacramentum” (The Sacrament of Redemption) to explain the deeper level of Church liturgical norms in the light of some abuses of liturgical law.

John Paul II had called for the instruction as a follow-up to his 2003 encyclical “Ecclesia de Eucharistia.” The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments prepared the instruction in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In a statement welcoming the instruction, the president of the U.S. episcopal conference, Bishop Wilton Gregory, said: “In response to our Holy Father’s mandate that bishops do all in their power to foster an appreciation of the inestimable treasure which is the Eucharistic mystery, the Congregation has provided us with a carefully developed tool to foster the authentic celebration of the Mass.”

For information on how to order copies of the instruction (ISBN 1-57455-619-3), visit the bishops’ Web site at www.usccb.org.