Eucharistic Concelebration: From Symbol to Reality

Pages: 118
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-2-89689-009-5
Binding: Paperback


This study presents a historical view of Eucharistic concelebration, the unity of every priest in the one priesthood of Jesus Christ, and theological and pastoral considerations for concelebrants.

From the Foreword:“[This book] invites us to rediscover in every Eucharistic celebration, with the force of the Holy Spirit, Christ present in his sacrifice realized upon the altar. Concelebration, like every Mass, is a divine action in which the Church praises God the Father, to enter in the great mystery of the Trinitarian love: we turn towards our Creator and Redeemer who deifies us and sends us forth so that with his fire we might consume the whole world.” +Antonio Cardinal Canizares Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

A Good, Concise Presentation of Eucharistic Concelebration


Msgr. Guillaume Deville’s study presents in a compact form an overview of concelebration. He begins with a historical view of concelebration in chapter one and proceeds to treat the unity of the priesthood in chapter two and some theological-pastoral considerations on the configuration of the priest to Christ in the Eucharistic celebration. I found the chapter on the history of concelebration to be particularly helpful because when treating the modern history of concelebration, the author presents the relevant texts from documents of Vatican II and liturgical documents issued to by the Sacred Congregation of Rite or the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. In addition to Eucharistic Concelebration: From Symbol to Reality, I would also recommend The Holy Eucharist- The World’s Salvation by Fr. Joseph de Sainte-Marie.


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