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Eucharistic Prayers and Eucharistic Theology
MTH 1:30pm - 2:50pm
This course will look at the broad structural development of the eucharistic liturgy at certain key epochs in the history of the christian church. However, its main focus will be on the central prayer of the rite, the Eucharistic Prayer or Great Thanksgiving. It will examine the theories put forward regarding its possible origins, and its historical development, its treatment by the various sixteenth and seventeenth century reformers, and subsequent epochs to the present. It will reflect on the theologies expressed in this prayer genre, and consider the corresponding sacramental theology in doctrinal writings on the eucharist.
Students should ideally have taken Foundations of Christian Worship and already be acquainted with denomination Eucharistic (Lord’s Supper) liturgies, particularly the Great Thanksgiving over the bread and wine.
This course will be taught by lecture and seminar.
The first few classes will be lecture based. The remainder will be seminar based.
The grade will be based on attendance, seminar participation demonstrating knowledge of the readings, and two papers.