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(Gk ἀναφορά, “offering”) is a term for the Eucharist as a whole, but more specifically the eucharistic prayer, usually addressed to the first hypostasis of the Trinity, more rarely to the second; its basic structure goes back to Jewish table prayers. The earliest extant anaphora is found in the Traditio Apostolica . Since the 4th century, fixed types have developed, each with a different sequence of basic elements (preface, Sanctus, anamnesis, words of institution, epiclesis, intercession). The most important types are associated with the cities of Alexandria, Antio…

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Felmy, Karl C., “Anaphora”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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