The Eucharistic Epiclesis : A Detailed History from the Patristic to the Modern Era

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The moment in which the Eucharistic gifts of bread and wine become the consecrated body and blood of Christ has long been a point of contention between the Churches of the East and West. John McKenna seeks to offer a separate approach to this issue by exploring the role of the epiclesis throughout history and proposing a theology that focuses on the efficacy of the entire Eucharistic prayer.

The Eucharistic Epiclesis : A Detailed History from the Patristic to the Modern Era

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The moment in which the Eucharistic gifts of bread and wine become the consecrated body and blood of Christ has long been a point of contention between the Churches of the East and West. John McKenna seeks to offer a separate approach to this issue by exploring the role of the epiclesis throughout history and proposing a theology that focuses on the efficacy of the entire Eucharistic prayer.

The Eucharistic Epiclesis includes:

Part I: The Historical Heritage

Chapter 1: The Epiclesis in Early Liturgical Texts as a Basis of Interpretation

Possible Forerunners of the Developed Epiclesis
The Epiclesis in the Early Anaphoras
Chapter 2: The Epiclesis and the "Moment of Consecration" Problem: A Brief History

The Epilcesis in Patristic Writings
The Emergence of the Problem of the "Moment of Consecration"
Part II: The Interpretations of the 20th Century Liturgists and Theologians: The Epiclesis in the Shadow of the "Moment of Consecration" Problem

Chapter 3: Understanding of the Terminology of the 20th Century Writers

Primitive Meaning of the Word "Epiclesis" in 20th Century Writings
20th Century Descriptions of the Developed Epiclesis
Chapter 4: Reconstructions of the History of the Eucharistic Epiclesis

From Logos to Spirit Epiclesis
From Sanctification to Consecratory Epiclesis
From EPICLESIS to "Epiclesis"
From Appeal for Unity to Epiclesis Proper

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Author John H. McKenna
Pages 265
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 150
Height (mm) 230

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