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: DL9121C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Utilise accurately and define 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 in written form a logical and 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 and systematic theological argument in relation to the current practice of the sacraments of Eucharist and Anointing with pastoral implications and applications

Unit sequence



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

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 (%)

Variant 1


7,000-word essay on Eucharist or Anointing

7000 100.0

Variant 2


1,500-word tutorial paper on Anointing

1500 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,500-word tutorial paper on Eucharist

1500 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

4000-word essay on the Eucharist

4000 60.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000