PORTLAND, Ore. — The feast of Corpus Christi June 3 marked a special event in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, with the release of the new “Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook.”
The 375-page handbook, which was disseminated in print to all 120 parishes and chapels of the archdiocese, deals with all things liturgical, outlining the proper celebration of the Eucharist, from what the priest does to how the congregation is to participate.
In his introduction, Archbishop Alexander Sample explained the handbook is intended as a guide to many aspects of life in the archdiocese and parishes “that concern the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and the understanding of the faith it expresses.” …
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Call the Eucharist the “heart” of the Church, Pope Francis on November 8, 2017, began a new series of catecheses during his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.
“Today we begin a new series of catecheses, which will point our look on the “heart” of the Church, namely, the Eucharist,” the Holy Father proclaimed. “It’s essential for us Christians to understand well the value and meaning of the Holy Mass, to live ever more fully our relationship with God.”
The Pope recalled the many Christians over time who have been willing to die to defend the Eucharist. He cited an example from the year 304, during Diocletian’s persecutions, when…