The Eucharistic Epiclesis

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A Detailed History from the Patristic to the Modern Era

For centuries the Eucharistic epiclesis, one of the gems of the early Christian anaphoras, has become a point of controversy rather than a bond of unity between various Christian traditions. The Eucharistic Epiclesis: A Detailed History from the Patristic to the Modern Era, seeks new avenues in exploring this question.

A healthy theology must rest on solid historical and liturgical foundations.The first part of this study, presents the data of the early liturgical texts on the epiclesis as well as a brief history of the prayer's entanglement with the "moment of consecration question." Part II focuses on the interpretations of modern liturgists and theologians of the Eucharistic epiclesis. Finally in a synthesis, John McKenna suggests new approaches to this discussion in Eucharistic theology and draws out the implications from this prayer which is so central to the ancient anaphoras. John H. McKenna's classic study examines the interpretations of the Eucharistic epiclesis by modern theological writers. This thorough text will deepen the appreciation, understanding beauty of the theology of the epiclesis.

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    Book Details

    • Product Code: HEE 
    • ISBN: 978-1-59525-025-4 
    • Pages: 288 
    • Author: John H. McKenna, cm
    • Size: 6 x 9
    • Binding: Paperback 
    • Language: English 
    • Copyright Year: 2008

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