RC 511 The Eucharist the Sacrament of the Sacrifice of Christ

Module Level

Level 9 STL Reading Course

Related Department



Three papers

Module Aims

The primary aim of this course is to study the history, theology and liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. A particular focus of the course is to explore the use of sacrificial language in Eucharistic theology.

Moving from the New Testament accounts to emerging Eucharistic celebrations in various communities, students will be introduced to key terms and issues in contemporary debates on the history and development of the Eucharistic event. While there will be an emphasis on literary sources, attention will also be paid to art forms and material evidence.

Learning Outcomes


  • Paul F. Bradshaw and Maxwell E. Johnson, The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation, London: SPCK, 2012.
  • Edward Foley, From Age to Age: How Christians Celebrated the Eucharist, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.
  • Albert Gerhards and Clemens Leonhard, editors, Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship: New Insights into Its History and Interaction, Leiden: Brill, 2007.


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