Joseph Pieper

“Special Studies in the Eucharist” is a subject I am just beginning to teach. I find that, when I am teaching sacramental theology, there is so much material to cover that I don’t do an adequate job on the theology of the Eucharist. So I designed this elective to make up for my deficiencies.

This page is under construction.

The documents on this page are ones I distribute to my students to help them understand the theology of the Eucharist. Please feel free to use these files but please also acknowledge my copyrights. Thanks!

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As the dedication of a cathedral or a church is the ecclesiological event of once-in-many-lifetimes, the annual Chrism Mass is the ecclesiological event of the year for a diocese. I have compiled for study and meditation all the texts to be read and sung at this Mass. See also my meditation on this Mass which was published in English and Spanish in the worship aid for the 2003 Chrism Mass in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 74Kb
My own ecclesiology is sketched in an essay I wrote (for the magazine of our archdiocesan office worship), “A Place for Everyone.” Borrowing a theme from the television program “Cheers,” I try to see Church from the perspective of the person in the pew at Sunday Mass and suggest ways for making Sunday Mass more important in the spiritual life of that person.