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.

Unit code: CT3121C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Utilise accurately and systematically the terminologies and concepts specific to the theology of the Eucharist and Anointing.


Identify, articulate and explain the significance of the foundational biblical texts used by the tradition regarding Eucharist and Anointing.


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the central issues in the historical development of the theology of the Eucharist and Anointing.


Articulate and discuss a theologically informed account of the meaning and practice of the sacraments of Eucharist and Anointing in the life of the Church.


Develop a consistent theological argument in relation to the current practice of the sacraments of Eucharist and Anointing.

Unit sequence

Two Systematic Theology at level 2


Learning consists of lectures/instructions with visual Powerpoint presentation and occasional group discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bradshaw, Paul F. Eucharistic Origins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Chupungco, Anscar J., ed. The Eucharist. Handbook for Liturgical Studies 3. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Irwin, Kevin W. Models of the Eucharist. New York: Paulist Press, 2005.
  • Kasper, Walter. Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue. London: Continuum, 2009. (EBook available.)
  • Larson-Miller, Lizette. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Lex Orandi. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2005.
  • Leon-Dufour, Xavier. Sharing the Eucharistic Bread: The Witness of the New Testament. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. New York: Paulist Press, 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 Edition. Chicago: Liturgy and Training Publications, 2001.
  • O’Loughlin, Frank. Christ Present in the Eucharist. Homebush: St Pauls, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay on Eucharist 2,500 words

0 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper on Anointing 750 words

0 12.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper on Anointing 750 words

0 13.0
Oral Presentation 0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-15 15:39:06 +1000