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Eucharistic Prayer

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Author(s): Marshall, Paul V.
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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Author(s): Marshall, Paul V. | Adam, Adolf | Theodorou, Evangelos | Pfatteicher, Philip H. | Berger, Teresa
1. Term and Development 1.1. Term In the pagan world, “liturgy” (Gk. leitourgia, from leı̈tos, “concerning the public,” plus ergon, “work”) originally had an entirely secular use, connoting the service owed to the public by persons of means; in addition, …

Liturgical Books

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Author(s): Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich | Lathrop, Gordon W. | Marshall, Paul V.
1. Development and Types 1.1. The Bible is the oldest and most basic liturgical book for Christian worship. With the OT th…