A Eucharistic Book for Children
The Bread of Eternal Life
This volume, which is illustrated with many clear and colorful images, is a
presentation of the Sacrament of the Eucharist for children and young people.
Employing a didactic methodology the work begins by examining how the Eucharist
was prefigured in the Old Testament and then continues to describe the Gospel
accounts in which Jesus announces and institutes the Eucharist. These presentations
are followed by a theological explanation of the Eucharist. There is a substantial
section dedicated to the illustration of the various parts of the Holy Mass
and the liturgical objects used during the Eucharistic celebration. Furthermore,
the work includes a section that discusses the importance of the Eucharist for
the People of God. The Eucharist forms the heart and the high point of the Churchs
life because in the Eucharist Christ associates the entire Church and all his
members to his own sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered to the Father
once and for all on the Cross: by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of
salvation upon his body the Church.
RAFFAELLO MARTINELLI (S.E. Rev. ma Mons Raffaello Martinelli)
The author is a priest of the diocese of Bergamo. Having completed his Doctorate
in Sacred Theology with a specialization in pastoral catechesis at the Lateran
University in Rome and a Degree in Education at the Catholic University of Milan,
he has been employed at the Vatican in the service of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith since 1980. It was in this Dicastery that he worked for
over twenty-three years with His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope
Benedict XVI. Mons. Martinelli was the co-ordinator of the preparatory work
for the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and was charged, as a redactor and
co-ordinator of the committee with the preparation of the Compendium of the
Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Since 1987 he has been the Rector of the International Ecclesiastical College
of Saint Charles, and Primicerio of the Basilica of Saints Ambrose and
Charles on the Via del Corso in Rome.
He is also a Prelate of Honour of His Holiness.
In addition Mons. Martinelli has published several catechetical works which
Note di pastorale catechistica (Rome 1985); Missione inculturata
(Rome 1987); Incontro al Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica (Rome1998);
Frammenti di sintesi teologica-schemi catechistici (Rome 2000); Argomenti
di attualità in forma dialogica (2006);
Catechesi in immagini:
- Le lapidi di S. Carlo al Corso, (Rome 2002 and 2007);
- Le virtù in simboli negli affreschi della Basilica dei Santi Ambrogio e Carlo in Roma, (Rome 2005);
- LEucaristia: dono incomparabile di Dio agli uomini (Rome 2006);
- I quadri di S. Carlo al Corso, (Rome 2006);
- Gli Affreschi dellOratorio SantAmbrogio (Rome 2007);
- Gli Affreschi della Basilica dei Santi Ambrogio e Carlo, al Corso in Roma (Rome 2007);
- Le Statue di San Carlo al Corso (Rome 2007);
- La Confessione Il sacramento dellAmore misericordioso di DioPadre (Rome 2007);
- LaCresima dono speciale dello Spirito Santo (Rome 2007);
- Il Battesimo magnifico dono della SS.ma Trinità (Rome, 2008);
- Incontro al Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica e al suo Compendio (Rome, 2008).
Cover / Content / Dedication / Index - (PDF: 222 Kbytes / 12 pages)
|Chapter I - The
Eucharist - (PDF: 5.16 Mbytes / 28 pages)
- What does the word Eucharist mean?
- Is the Eucharist called by other names too?
- Why does the Eucharist have so many names?
|Chapter II - The Holy Mass
Part One - The Eucharist
in the Old and New Testament - (PDF: 4.91 Mbytes
/ 29 pages)
- What are the signs that announce the Eucharist in the Old Testament?
- Objects that prefigure the Eucharist
- Animals that foretell the Eucharist
- The Passover meal of the Jews
- Persons who prefigure Christ and His Sacrifice
- Who instituted the Holy Mass?
- What words and gestures did Christ use to institute the Holy Mass?
- Did Jesus foretell the Holy Mass before he instituted it?
- The Newness of the Eucharist - (PDF: 259 kbytes
/ 6 pages)
- What precisely can we say is the newness of the Eucharist?
- Why is the Eucharist still celebrated today?
- Is there any prayer that is equivalent to the Holy Mass?
- Why does the Eucharist surpass all the other sacraments?
|Part Three - What is the Holy Mass?
- The Mass is a celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ (Memorial) - (PDF: 1.60
Mbytes / 15 pages)
- In what way is the Holy Mass a celebration of Christ's Paschal Mystery?
- In what way is the Holy Mass a memorial of Christ?
- In what way is the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and the Holy Mass similar but also different?
- How is Christ's Sacrifice on the Cross made present during the Holy Mass?
- What are the characteristics of Christ's Sacrifice?
- How is the Holy Mass also the sacrifice of the Church?
- Presence of
Christ in the Holy Mass - (PDF: 1.46 Mbytes /
- What are the principal ways in which Christ is present in the celebration of the Holy Mass?
- What are the Eucharistic species?
- Why is the presence of Christ in the Eucharist so unique and incomparable?
- What does the word transubstantiation mean?
- When does transubstantiation take place?
- In what way is the presence of Christ in the Eucharist:
- Eschatological, that is, relating to the Final Things?
- In what way is the presence of Christ complete in each or part of the Eucharistic species?
- Why did Christ want to give us this Eucharistic presence?
- In what way is the Holy Mass also a Sacrament of the absence of Christ?
- The Eucharistic Banquet
- (PDF: 2.18 Mbytes / 16 pages)
- Why is the Holy Mass a banquet?
- What is the relationship between the Banquet and Holy Communion?
- Why are bread and wine used during the Eucharistic Banquet?
- Do the bread and wine have a particular significance?
- Taken individually, what do the bread and wine mean?
- What is the difference between a normal meal and the Eucharistic banquet?
- Who may receive Holy Communion?
- In what way and with what gestures should a person receive Holy Communion?
- When should we receive Holy Communion?
- What are the fruits of receiving Holy Communion?
- What is spiritual Communion?
- What is Viaticum?
- Why is the Eucharist a pledge of future glory?
- Is it obligatory to participate at the Holy Mass?
- Why is it an obligation to participate at Mass on Sunday?
|Chapter III - Who Celebrates
the Holy Mass? - (PDF: 2.08 Mbytes / 22 pages)
- How is the Most Holy Trinity active during the celebration of the Holy Mass?
- In what way does the Church (the pilgrim Church on earth) participate in the Holy Mass?
- What is the role of the priest in the Holy Mass?
- What is the role of the faithful in the Holy Mass?
- In what way does the Heavenly Church participate in the Holy Mass?
- Why is the Holy Mass also relevant to those who have died?
- How is the whole of humanity involved in the Holy Mass?
- In what way is the creation present at the Holy Mass?
|Chapter IV - In What Way Does the Eucharistic Celebration take Place?
First Part - (PDF: 2.66 Mbytes / 18 pages)
- What are the elements of the Liturgy of the Word?
- How many books are in the Bible?
- What does it mean to say that the Bible is inspired?
- Why does Sacred Scripture teach us the truth?
- What is the importance of the Old Testament for Christians?
|Second Part - (PDF: 1.15 Mbytes / 24 pages)
- What is the importance of the New Testament for Christians?
- What unity exists between the Old and New Testament?
- What role does Sacred Scripture play in the Church?
- What are the parts that make up the Liturgy of the Eucharist?
- What are the elements that make up the Eucharistic Prayer?
- How does the Holy Mass conclude?
- What is a mystogogy?
- What is the Holy Mass celebrated according to various liturgical rites?
- Who task is it to discern the authenticity and the fidelity of a liturgical rite to the Eucharistic Mystery?
|Chapter VI - Where is the Holy Mass Celebrated? - (PDF: 2.32 Mbytes / 12 pages)
- What do we mean by sacred buildings: churches?
- What are the privileged places that are used for the celebration of the Holy Mass?
- Why is it important that the place of celebration be something beautiful?
|Chapter VIII - Devotion to the Eucharist Outside the Holy Mass - (PDF: 2.05 Mbytes / 12 pages)
- What do we call devotion to Christ the Lord during the Holy Mass and after the celebration of the Holy Mass?
- From where does Eucharistic devotion outside the Holy Mass originate?
- In what way does devotion to the Eucharist take place outside of Mass?
|Combined Document - (PDF: 34.2 Mbytes / 274 pages)
Contains all chapters except appendices I and II (see below)
Appendix I: Eucharistic Scriptural Readings for Children
Eucharistic Scriptural Readings for Children - Cover - (PDF: 1220k)
Genesis 4:2-16 - (PDF: 414k / 2 pages)
Genesis 14:18-20 - (PDF: 768k)
Genesis 22:1-18 - (PDF: 970k / 2 pages)
First Book of Kings 19:4-8 / Exodus 16:1-15 - (PDF: 8k)
Exodus 12:1-14 - (PDF: 928k / 2 pages)
Isaiah 53:3-12 - (PDF: 1020k / 2 pages)
Jonah 2:1-11 - (PDF: 1200k / 2 pages)
Daniel 14:23-42 - (PDF: 5k)
Gospel of St. John 6:4-14 - (PDF: 70k / 2 pages)
Gospel of St. John 2:1-11 - (PDF: 508k)
Gospel of St. Matthew 2:1-15 - (PDF: 864k / 2 pages)
Gospel of St. Matthew 14:22-33 - (PDF: 806k)
Gospel of St. Matthew 8:23-27 - (PDF: 217k)
Gospel of St. Matthew 9:1-8 - (PDF: 643k)
Gospel of St. John 9:1-41 - (PDF: 304k / 2 pages)
Gospel of St. John 11:1-45 - (PDF: 961k / 2 pages)
Gospel of St. Matthew 21:1-11 - (PDF: 1610k / 2 pages)
Gospel of St. John 13:1-10 - (PDF: 664k)
Gospel of St. John 19:28-30 - (PDF: 1460k)
Gospel of St. John 20:1-10 - (PDF: 755k)
Gospel of St. Mark 16:1-8 - (PDF: 610k)
Gospel of St. Luke 24:13-31 - (PDF: 1470k / 2 pages)
Gospel of St. John 6:1-71 - (PDF: 418k / 2 pages)
Appendix II: Eucharistic Miracle Stories for Children
Eucharistic Miracles for Children - Cover - (PDF: 55k)
Lanciano, Italy, 750 - (PDF: 126k)
Rome, Italy, 6th - 7th Century - (PDF: 100k)
Trani, Italy, 11th Century - (PDF: 133k)
St. Peter Damian, Italy, 11th Century - (PDF: 156k)
Alatri, Italy, 1228 - (PDF: 125k)
Florence, Italy, 1230-1595 - (PDF: 127k)
Volterra, Italy, 1472 - (PDF: 113k)
Dronero, Italy, 1631 - (PDF: 125k)
Cava dei Tirreni, Italy, 1656 - (PDF: 123k)
Patierno, Italy, 1772 - (PDF: 145k)
Bruca, Italy, 1969 - (PDF: 166k)
Meerssen, Holland, 1222-1465 - (PDF: 142k)
Boxtel, Holland, 1380 - (PDF: 101k)
Alkmaar, Holland, 1429 - (PDF: 55k)
Cimballa, Spain, 1370 - (PDF: 62k)
Montserrat, Spain, 1657 - (PDF: 62k)
Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa, Portugal, 1904-1955 - (PDF: 38k)
St. Catherine Laboure, France, 1830 - (PDF: 70k)
Lourdes, France, 1888 - (PDF: 79k)
The Angel of Peace, Fatima, Portugal, 1916 - (PDF: 341k / 2 pages)