The Eucharist

Since the earliest days of Christianity, the faithful have shared the "breaking of the bread": They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42 NRSV).

Two thousand years later, the Eucharist (from the Greek eucharista, thanksgiving) has remained the center of our worship, the “jewel in the crown” among the sacraments. How can we in the twenty-first century think about Eucharist? What meaning should it hold for us?

Our primary reference for this series was A Guide to the Sacraments, by John Macquarrie. Presentations were by David Monyak.

Downloads: Presentations

1. Introduction to the Sacraments

2. The Eucharist as a Meal

3. The Eucharist as the Real Presence of Christ

4. The Eucharist as Sacrifice

5. The Practice of Reservation. Barriers to Intercommunion. Conclusions



A Guide to the Sacraments. John Macquarrie. Continuum. New York. 1998 ISBN 0-8264-1100-2.


Eucharist. Theology and Spirituality of the Eucharistic Prayer. Louis Bouyer, translated by Charles Underhill Quinn. University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, 1968. ISBN 0-268-00498-6

Introduction to Theology. Third Edition. Chapter 18 "Sacraments," Owen C. Thomas, Ellen K. Wondra. Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, 2002. ISBN 0-8192-1897-9

Sacraments. A New Understanding for a New Generation, Ray R. Noll. Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic, CT, 1999. ISBN 0-89622-993-9.

Sacramental Theology: A General Introduction. Kenan B. Osborne. Paulist Press, 1988. ISBN 0809129450

The Eucharist: Essence, Form, Celebration. Second Edition. Johannes H. Emminghaus, Theodor Maas-Ewerd (Editor), Linda M. Maloney (Translator). Liturgical Press, 1997. ISBN 0814610366