Eucharist and Anointing

crosslisted as DL9121C

Semester 1, 2020
Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
This unit will provide an overview of the sacraments of Eucharist and Anointing of the Sick, from historical, liturgical, and theological perspectives. Firstly, we will investigate the development of the Eucharistic tradition and will treat key elements of Catholic Eucharistic theology. Topics to be considered include the Eucharist in relation to the mystery of Christ and the Church; the Eucharist in the Scriptures; and the development of the theology of the Eucharist in terms of thanksgiving, memorial, sacrifice, presence, covenant, and communion. Secondly, we will outline the major historical developments in the practices and theological approaches of the sacrament of Anointing. In both cases, the sacraments are understood as means by which believers are offered and enact a deepening participation in the paschal mystery of Christ.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 7,000-word essay on Eucharist or Anointing 100%
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper on Anointing 20%
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper on Eucharist 20%
  • one 4,000-word essay on Eucharist 60%


  • Bradshaw, Paul F. Eucharistic Origins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Chupungco, Anscar J., ed. Handbook for Liturgical Studies. Vol. 3, The Eucharist. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Irwin, Kevin W. Models of the Eucharist. New York: Paulist, 2005.
  • Kasper, Walter. Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue. London: Continuum, 2009.
  • Larson-Miller, Lizette. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Lex Orandi. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005.
  • Léon-Dufour, Xavier. Sharing the Eucharistic Bread: The Witness of the New Testament. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. Mahwah: Paulist, 1987.
  • McPartlan, Paul.The Eucharist Makes the Church: Henri de Lubac and John Zizioulas in Dialogue. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1993.
  • Mitchell, Nathan. Real Presence: The Work of Eucharist. New and expanded ed. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2001.
  • O’Loughlin, Frank. Christ Present in the Eucharist. Homebush: St Pauls, 2000.