|The following documents on the website of the Holy See provide part of the context for the General Instruction.
- John Paul II Apostolic Letter Dies Domini (May 31, 1998)
- John Paul II Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (April 17, 2003)
- John Paul II Spiritus et Sponsa: on the 40th anniversary of the Constitution “Sacrosanctum Concilium” on the Sacred Liturgy (December 4, 2003)
- CDW Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum on certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist (April 23, 2004)
- John Paul II Apostolic Letter on Year of the Eucharist Mane nobiscum Domine (October 7, 2004)
The following document is found the Bishops' Conference website: