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Eucharistic Prayer
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The eucharistic prayer (“canon of the Mass” in the West, “anaphora” in the East) is the central prayer of the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist). Its structural origins are in the Jewish table prayer Birkat ha-Maṣōn, which in turn represents a pattern traceable at least back to the prayer of Abraham in Jubilees.

The theological origins of the eucharistic prayer are to be found in the traditions of the meal sacrifices of Israel, and particularly in the prominence given in intertestamental Judaism to the zebaḥ-tôdâ, “thanksgiving offering.” The dominance of thanksgiving appears in …

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Marshall, Paul V., “Eucharistic Prayer”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E505>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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