The Eucharist is the center-point of the Mass – but why?

“The Lamb of God,” “The Bread of Life,” “The Body and the Blood of Christ”… these are phrases we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching? Acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre rigorously digs down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching. We’ll discover firsthand how Christ’s Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God’s plan for our salvation.

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at 877-458-1477 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

PRESENTER

PRESENTER

Dr. Brant Pitre is Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. He is the author of several articles and the books Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005), Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books, 2011), Jesus the Bridegroom (Image Books, 2014), Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), and The Case for Jesus (Image Books, 2016). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Gray, Louisiana, with his wife Elizabeth, and their five children.

Dr. Brant Pitre is Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. He is the author of several articles and the books Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005), Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books, 2011), Jesus the Bridegroom (Image Books, 2014), Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), and The Case for Jesus (Image Books, 2016). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Gray, Louisiana, with his wife Elizabeth, and their five children.

PROGRAM

PROGRAM

Session 1: Source and Summit

Why does the Church call the Eucharist the “source and summit of the Christian life?” Dr. Brant Pitre introduces us to the Sacrament of the Eucharist and explores its various names—and how those names give insight into its meaning. (Run time 39:42)

Session 2: In the Beginning

Did you know that hints of the Eucharist can be seen throughout the Old Testament? Going all the way back to the book of Genesis, we’ll discover how the Eucharist has been a part of God’s plan from the beginning of time. (Run time 44:58)

Session 3: Lamb of God

At every Mass many of us use the phrase “Lamb of God” without fully understanding what it means. Dr. Pitre examines two key instances of sacrificial lambs in the Old Testament–and why John the Baptist’s disciples were quick to leave him to follow the One he proclaimed as “the Lamb of God.” (Run time 47:26)

Session 4: Miracles of the Exodus

Jesus spoke of Himself as “the bread which comes down from heaven.” What did that mean to the Jews who first heard him? And what meaning do those words have for us today in our understanding of the Eucharist? (Run time 42:43)

Session 5: Mysteries of the Tabernacle

When is bread more than just bread? In their pilgrimage through the desert, the people of Israel discover that God’s care extends beyond meeting their physical needs to a profound and mysterious kind of relationship. (Run time 47:08)

Session 6: Miracles of Jesus

Throughout his public ministry, Jesus displayed divine power in the many miracles he performed. Dr. Pitre uncovers a deeper meaning to many of those miracles—and how they enlighten our understanding of the Eucharist. (Run time 45:36)

Session 7: Bread of Life Discourse

Jesus shocked the Jews of his time by offering his own flesh and blood as real food and real drink to gain eternal life. Was he speaking symbolically, as some argue, or did he mean what he said in ways we’re still trying to understand? (Run time 47:15)

Session 8: The Last Supper and the Cross

What is the connection between the Old Testament celebration of Passover and Jesus’s Last Supper with his disciples—and how does that impact the Mass as we know it? (Run time 47:25)

Session 9: The Mass

The Eucharist affected the thinking of the early Church in all aspects of its worship and practices. But how did the Apostles put into practice Christ’s command to “Do this in memory of me?” The story of two men and the miraculous encounter they had on the road to Emmaus could show us more than we realize. (Run time 45:28)

Session 10: Revelation

The book of Revelation, with all of its apocalyptic imagery and focus on the end of time, has a great deal to teach us about liturgy and worship. Dr. Pitre brings our study of the Eucharist to a powerful conclusion. (Run time 45:36)

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at 877-458-1477 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

PRODUCTS

PRODUCTS

Leader Kit

This leader kit includes everything a leader needs to present Lectio: Eucharist to a group, whether in a parish or at home. This package includes all ten episodes of Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible on five DVDs, plus a comprehensive Leader’s Guide (which includes complete Study Guide content).

Price: $124.95

Participant Kit

Be sure to get the full experience of Lectio: Eucharist with this special kit including the DVD set (ten episodes on five DVDs) and the corresponding Study Guide.

Price: $119.95

Engaging Video Segments

In this 10-session series, renowned teacher Dr. Brant Pitre guides us through Scripture, history, and Church teaching to illuminate the wonder and miracle of the Eucharist. With deep insight, Dr. Pitre gives a fresh perspective for understanding the mystery that is the Eucharist.

Price: $99.95

Leader’s Resource Guide

The Lectio Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible Leader’s Resource Guide presents practical help to make the most of adult faith formation in any size study group. Easy to use, with step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the tools you need to bring the richness of the Bible, Church Tradition and History to life through:

  • complete Study Guide content to follow along with your participants
  • a leader overview for each session
  • suggested answers for discussion questions and reflections
  • guidelines on how to lead a small group study
  • practical tips for including lectio divina in your daily life
  • insights for understanding Sacred Scripture and Tradition
  • detailed introductions, prayers, and ice-breakers for your group
  • background texts to go deeper into the study

Price: $34.95

Study Guide

Engaging and accessible for everyone from a first-time Bible study participant to a Lectio veteran, the Lectio Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible Study Guide enables you to personalize the study for your own spiritual journey. It includes:

  • ten sessions that illuminate the wonder and miracle of the Eucharist
  • an outline summary of each video presentation
  • thought-provoking questions for reflection and discussion
  • practical tips for including lectio divina in your prayer life
  • insights and information for deeper understanding
  • guided reflections for each session to make the study your own throughout the week
  • space for personal journaling in each session

Price: $24.95

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at 877-458-1477 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

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