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From Gk. anapherō (lift up, lead back), “anaphora” strictly denotes relation, connection, reference, report, appeal, and, in theological usage, offering or sacrifice (cf. Heb. 7:27; 13:15). It is thus used to bring out the meaning of the eucharistic action (Eucharist). This is the offering of a sacrifice (§3) in reflection of the original sacrifice, the unique sacrifice of Christ (Heb. 10:12), which finds representation in the eucharistic celebration.

In a narrower liturgical sense the Anaphora is the core of Eastern liturgies, corresponding to the canon (canon actionis)

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Kallis, Anastasios, “Anaphora”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A255>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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