Michael Driscoll Syllabus


Theo 60-404

Michael S. Driscoll

Malloy Hall 244
University of Notre Dame
Summer, July 8-26, 2013

12:30-3:00 PM



Course Description

The Church makes the Eucharist and the Eucharist makes the Church. A biblical, historical, systematic and liturgical treatment of the Eucharistic liturgy with a special emphasis on pastoral considerations.

Goals of the Course

The goal of this course is a comprehensive understanding of the nature and development of the Christian Eucharist. In order to accomplish this end an examination of both the structure and the content of the eucharistic liturgy will be undertaken. A positive theological method will be employed whereby the Eucharist will be studied from an historical perspective. Finally in the last week a systematic theological reflection upon various aspects will be undertaken with a commentary on contemporary theory and practice.


Four required texts have been adopted for THEO 60-404 in addition to a course packet. These titles will be available at the ND bookstore and they will also be placed on reserve in the Hesburg library.

  1. R. Cabié, The Eucharist   (A. G. Martimort, ed., The Church at Prayer, vol. 2) (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1986). ISBN 0-8146-1364-0.
  2. J. Kodell, The Eucharist in the New Testament  (Collegeville: Glazier, 1991). ISBN 0-8146-5663-3.
  3. R. C. D. Jasper and G. J. Cuming, Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed  (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1987). ISBN  0-8146-6085-1.
  4. K. Seasoltz, ed., Living Bread, Saving Cup (Collegeville: Liturgical Press,  1982). ISBN 0-8146-1257-1.
  5. Course Packet available through Copy Shop—O’Shaugnessy Hall 3rd floor.

Suggested Prerequisite Reading

  1. G. Wainwright  and K. Westerfield Tucker, eds., The Oxford History of Christian Worship  (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), ISBN 0-19-513886-4.


  1. E. Foley, From Age to Age  (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2008). ISBN 978-0-8146-3078-5 (pbk).


  1. Since this class will meet only 15 times in an intensive schedule, each day represents about one week's worth of work. Therefore attendance is imperative. If for any legitimate reason, you are unable to attend class, I would ask you to have the academic courtesy to let me know prior to the class meeting, either personally or by telephone: home: 288-5271; office: 631-7152.
  2. Due to the time restrictions of daily class meetings, each day there will be assigned obligatory reading averaging fifty pages per day. See the attached reading schedule. The assigned readings should be completed prior to each class. Additional suggested readings are provided on a separate bibliography.
  3. Two brief reports of about five pages each will be assigned and due one on Monday, July 15 and the other Monday, July 22. The topics will be discussed in class. See also course packet, pp. iv-vii.
  4. It will be fair to assume that any obligatory assigned reading is subject to unannounced quizzes.
  5. Instead of a mid-term exam there will be fifteen minute oral interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday of the third week. There will be, however, a written final exam examination on Friday, July 26.
  6. The grade will be determined by three equally weighted considerations:

                            a. attendance, quality of class participation, quizzes,

                            b. two brief reports, and

                            c. the oral interview and the final exam.

Office & Hours

Malloy Hall #244, (63)1-7152;

Mon-Friday, 9:00am until noon or by appointment.




JULY 8`                Introduction – S.A.C.R.A.M.E.N.T.S. and Revision of Roman Missal (3rd edition)

                                Course packet, 184-192; Seasoltz,126-157..

JULY 9                 From Human Meal to Christian Eucharist: Anthropological Dimensions

                                Cabié, 7-19. Joncas (CP 235-253).

JULY 10               Pre-Christian Antecedents: Greco-Roman and Jewish Antecedents

                                Seasoltz, 80-101; Cabié, 20-40. 



JULY 11               Eucharist in the New Testament: Exegesis

                                Seasoltz, 1-29; Kodell, 15-67.

JULY 12               New Testament Biblical Theology                                                  

                                Kodell, 71-129; Jasper, 3-19.



JULY 15               Ante-Nicene Period: Introduction and Anaphoras       Paper I

                                Jasper, 20-56.

JULY 16               Ante-Nicene Period (Themes) and Post Nicene Period

                                Cabié, 43-123; Jasper, 52-99.

JULY 17               Middle Ages (700-1300): Eucharistic Practice

                                Cabié, 127-171; Seasoltz 324-356.

JULY 18               Middle Ages: Theology

                                Mitchell CP, 193-220.

 JULY 19              Reformation (1400-1700)                                                

                                Seasoltz, 157-175; Jasper, 177-257, 265-269



JULY 22               Trent to Vatican II                                                              Paper II               

                                Cabié, 173-220; Seasoltz, 102-112, 175-195.                              

JULY 23               Celebrating Unity: Ecumenical Dimension

                                BEM document, CP 265-272; Seasoltz 102-113.

JULY 24               Celebrating Mission: Ethical Dimension

                                Seasoltz, 305-323; Baldovin CP199-208; Hughes CP229-234.               

JULY 25               Celebrating Our Stories: Spiritual Dimension

                                Seasoltz, 113-125, 284-304; Witczak CP 209-220.

JULY  26              Written Final Exam

The above schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change

only in the event of extenuating circumstances.