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Barsotti said in the same book, “Communion was said to be an integral past of Mass. The Council says that Communion is an essential part, as consecration is.”

This fundamental element of sacramental practice and the liturgy, which every Catholic faithful is bound to, is mentioned in all its simplicity in the widely published booklets that contain the prayers and fundamental practices of the spiritual and sacramental life of the people of God, that have been built up over the years. But there are also great theologians and masters of spirituality - who are recognised by the people of God for their vivid Catholic intelligence, such as Fr. Divo Barsotti, - who unanimously stress that receiving the Eucharist is not an “optional” part of mass participation. Fr. Barsotti, the great monk and Tuscan preacher who, amongst other things taught sacramental theology for thirty years, wrote: “The Eucharistic mystery that Jesus passed on to the Church, embodies in some way death on the cross: not only does it remind us of it, it is also an enactment of the final act of sacrifice that he performed for the world’s salvation. In other words, faithful participate in the victim’s manducation. This is one of the most definite and perhaps greatest acquisitions of the Second Vatican Council” (Don Divo Barsotti, Pasqua, p. 63, San Paolo editions).

Before the last Council, Barsotti said in the same book, “Communion was said to be an integral past of Mass. The Council says that Communion is an essential part, as consecration is.” In fact, “in the sacrifice on the cross, men could not immediately communicate with the victim being sacrificed,” while in the Eucharist “Jesus shows us the sacramental sign of the bread and wine so they can communicate with men, since men can communicate with the victim offered to God”. Jesus himself “presented the mystery of his death under the sign of the sacrificial banquet”. This is why for faithful, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, is as “essential” as consecration. The Church is guided toward this understanding precisely thanks to the path of contemplation of the Eucharistic mystery that began once again with the Council of Trent, Barsotti underlined. “Mass,” Fr. Divo wrote, “is real sacrifice, as the Council of Trent stated and Communion is now essential and not an integral part of the Eucharistic mystery, as it allows us to participate fully in its sacrifice”. The celebration of Eucharistic sacrifice, says the paragraph 1382 of the Catholic Catechism, “is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To receive communion is to receive Christ himself who has offered himself for us”. SOURCE