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The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion explores the three ends of the Sacrament of Sacraments: God’s true presence, His redemptive sacrifice, and spiritual nourishment through communion with Him. In this follow-up to his groundbreaking work, Faith Comes From What Is Heard, Lawrence Feingold constructs a biblical vision of the Eucharist from its prefigurement in the Old Testament to its fulfillment in the New and presents the Eucharistic theology of the Church Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas, and magisterial teaching from centuries past through today. The Eucharist is a masterful text, both challenging and spiritually rich, that comprehensively examines the unspeakable mystery that is the Eucharist.
About the author:
Dr. Lawrence Feingold is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. In 1999 he earned a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He is the author of Faith Comes From What is Heard: An Introduction to Fundamental Theology, The Natural Desire to See God according to St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters, and a three-volume series entitled The Mystery of Israel and the Church.
“In addition to being a Catholic theologian of the highest rank, Professor Lawrence Feingold is also one of the very finest teachers in the Catholic academy today. Like his intellectual and spiritual master, St. Thomas Aquinas, Feingold not only sees deeply into Catholic truth, he also unlocks for his students the wise order by which the faith is most fully intelligible. His book on the Eucharist showcases Professor Feingold at the height of his theological and pedagogical powers. Professors of sacramental theology now have a resource that is sure to enrich their courses and the spiritual lives of their students.”
Roger W. Nutt, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the MA Program in Theology, Ave Maria University
“A stunning achievement. Lawrence Feingold’s up-to-date study of the Eucharist is truly comprehensive, taking the reader from the book of Genesis through the Upper Room and all the way to Pope Francis. The result is a biblical, patristic, medieval, modern, and thoroughly Catholic study of the sacrament that is the ‘source and summit of the Christian life.’ And all this in clear and accessible prose! This work will be essential reading for anyone interested in Eucharistic theology for decades to come.”
Brant Pitre, Professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary
“I believe The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion is one of the most complete and faithful guides to the Holy Eucharist available today. Dr. Feingold has written a masterful summary of the Catholic theology of the Eucharist that integrates scriptural and patristic foundations with scholastic and magisterial teachings on Eucharistic presence, the Mass as sacrifice, the participation of the faithful in the sacrifice of the Mass, the fruits of the Eucharist, adoration of the Eucharist, and contemporary canonical–pastoral questions regarding the worthy reception of Holy Communion. Drawing upon St. Thomas Aquinas and other eminent theologians, Dr. Feingold provides a treatment of the Holy Eucharist that is ideal for Catholic university and seminary classes on ‘the most august sacrament.’”
Robert L. Fastiggi, Professor of Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary