The eucharistic celebration is a vital part of the life and ministry of every priest and deacon. At the same time, the Eucharist is also a compelling narrative of all that Christ is for the People of God. In this book, Fr. Scott Detisch explores a spirituality of holy orders through the eucharistic actions of Christ: take, bless, break, and give. These are more than ritual actions the deacon or priest performs within the liturgy. As they did for Jesus Christ, these eucharistic words define who a priest or deacon is for God’s people.
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"Fr. Scott Detisch has given us, deacons and priests, another take on our ordained vocations. It is at once fresh, yet ancient and wise, and richly prayerful. He invites us to look deeply into the Eucharist as a mirror which will tell us who we are and what we are about, by looking deeply into what the Eucharist tells us about Jesus Christ. The result is a warm, dynamic, uplifting reappropriation of the heart of the Christian life, producing a renewed appreciation for the gift of our call."
“The Second Vatican Council reminded us clearly that the celebration of the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit’ of our lives of faith. In this wonderfully engaging book, Scott Detisch invites us to relearn and live the story of this central celebration of the mystery of divine love, which calls us together to receive and be the Body of Christ in our world. This is a must-read meditation for ordained ministers of the Eucharist, especially for those who preside at the Eucharist, but there is indeed something in this book for all the baptized. Readers are sure to be renewed in their Eucharistic spirituality!”
“Being Claimed by the Eucharist We Celebrate is written especially for priests and deacons, but is also applicable to all people of faith. It describes theology from above as an approach that encourages the faithful to ongoing conversion and ongoing formation, while theology from below engages reality as experienced in actual ministry with its emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. The concept of 'being given for others' connects the roles of the ordained to the people of God by linking the Eucharist and discipleship. An emphasis on brokenness stresses the need for the redemptive power of the cross through which God’s love becomes transformative grace. The author’s goal, which is to convey and illuminate the importance of the role of ministry in the life of the church, is admirably achieved.”
Fr. Scott P. Detisch is a priest of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania. He has been involved in parish ministry, theological education, and priestly formation for many years. He currently serves as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Girard, Pennsylvania. In addition, Fr. Detisch is an adjunct professor in systematic and sacramental theology at St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio. He is the author of the award-winning book From Hero to Servant to Mystic: Navigating the Deeper Waters of Priestly Spirituality.