This course studies the fitting­ness and purpose of the Eucharist, its Biblical sources, the Real Presence and transubstantiation, the Eucharist as Sacrifice, the fruits of the Mass, participation of the faithful in the sacrifice, and the effects of Holy Communion.

Class Outline:

Class 1. The Eucharist in Scripture: Prefigured in the Old Testament and Instituted by Christ
Class 2. The Real Presence and Transubstantiation
Class 3. The Sacrifice of the Mass; the Reformation and the Council of Trent on the Eucharist
Class 4. Our Participation in the Sacrifice of the Mass
Class 5. Holy Communion and Its Effects



Lawrence Feingold is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He converted to Catholicism in 1989 together with his wife while engaged in realist marble sculpture in Pietrasanta, Italy. In 1999 he earned a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He is the author of The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion (Emmaus Academic, 2018), Faith Comes from What Is Heard: An Introduction to Fundamental Theology (Emmaus Academic, 2016); The Natural Desire to See God According to St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters (2010); and The Mystery of Israel and the Church, 3 vols. (Miriam Press, 2010). ​