This unit will provide an overview of the sacrament of Eucharist, from historical, liturgical and theological perspectives. A major part of this unit will examine the Coptic understanding of the Eucharist and the key elements of Coptic sacramental theology. Topics to be considered include: the Eucharist in relation to the Christology, Salvation and the Church; the Eucharist in the Scriptures; and the development of the theology of the Eucharist in terms of transformation, anamnesis, sacrifice and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Unit code: CT9620A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the origin, history, value and theological meaning of baptism and chrismation in the early church


Evaluate the relationship between the teachings of the early Fathers of the Church and the Coptic tradition on the two sacraments


Explore the theology of the two sacraments as articulated by Coptic Church


Examine the liturgical structure of the rites of baptism and chrismation


Compare and contrast different theologies of baptism and chrismation amongst two or more Christian traditions


Weekly lectures and class discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bradshaw, Paul F. Eucharistic Origins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Chupungco, Anscar J., ed. The Eucharist. Vol. 3, Handbook for Liturgical Studies. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Danielou, Jean, The Bible and the liturgy, S. J. University of Notre Dame press, Indiana 1966.
  • Dragas, George Dion. The Holy Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Communion: The Five Mystagogical Catechisms of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Orthodox Research Institute. 2008.
  • 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.
  • Léon-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 Training Publications, 2001.
  • Limouris, Gennadios, and N. M. Vaporis. Orthodox Perspectives on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. Brookline, Mass.: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1985.
  • Malaty, Fr. Tadros Y., Christ in the Eucharist, 3ed. edition, USA 2001.
  • O’Loughlin, Frank. Christ Present in the Eucharist. Homebush: St Pauls, 2000
  • Rordorf, Willy. The Eucharist of the early Christians, translated by Matthew J. O'Connell, Collegeville Minnesota Liturgical Press 1978.
  • Sheerin, Daniel J. The Eucharist Message of the Fathers of the Church. Wilmington, Del.: M. Glazier, 1986.
  • Spinks, Bryan D. Do this in remembrance of me: the Eucharist from the early church to the present day, London SCM Press, 2013.
  • Welch, Lawrence J. Christology and Eucharist in the early thought of Cyril of Alexandria, San Francisco: Catholic Scholars Press, 1994
  • Zizioulas, Jean. Eucharist, bishop, church: the unity of the church in the divine Eucharist and the bishop during the first three centuries; translated by Elizabeth Theokritoff, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2007.

Also, handouts and articles from various texts will be available online.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 3000 words

0 50.0

Essay 1500 words

0 25.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation Equivalent to 1500 words with submitted script

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-01 14:24:43 +1000