Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In liturgics, that part of the prayer of consecration, as found in many liturgies, in which, after the institution and great oblation (or in some forms after the institution but before the oblation), God is called upon to send down the Holy Spirit upon the worshipers and upon the sacramental gifts. Also epiklesis.

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  • noun The part of the Catholic Mass and Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy in which the celebrant invokes the Holy Spirit to change the bread and wine on the altar into the body and blood of Jesus. Said at the beginning of the offeratory prayers in the Catholic Mass and at the end of the aforementioned in the Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek

Examples

  • The Eastern Christian argument that the epiclesis is the decisive moment of consecration is relatively new, dating to the counter-reformation, and represents nothing except a reflexive mirroring of the Latin position regarding the InstitutionOrthodox Church.

    The Continuum

  • At the moment of the "epiclesis", that is, when the priest extends his hands and invokes the Holy Spirit, the phenomenon is evident.

    Eucharistic Miracle

  • At the moment of the "epiclesis", that is, when the priest extends his hands and invokes the Holy Spirit, the phenomenon is evident.

    Archive 2008-06-08

  • At the moment of the "epiclesis", that is, when the priest extends his hands and invokes the Holy Spirit, the phenomenon is evident.

    Archive 2008-09-28

  • At the moment of the "epiclesis", that is, when the priest extends his hands and invokes the Holy Spirit, the phenomenon is evident.

    Eucharistic Miracle

  • The bells are silent as the priest prays his epiclesis.

    Tim Suttle: An Evangelical Goes To Mass

  • The bells are silent as the priest prays his epiclesis.

    Tim Suttle: An Evangelical Goes To Mass

  • I would also add the epiclesis to your list of authentic improvements.

    URGENT The "Reform of the Reform" is in motion

  • He will bow over the bread and the chalice in saying the consecrating words of Christ and while invoking the Holy Spirit at the supplication or epiclesis.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • He will bow over the bread and the chalice in saying the consecrating words of Christ and while invoking the Holy Spirit at the supplication or epiclesis.

    Archive 2008-08-03

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