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Was the Epiclisis in the liturgy of St. Gregory changed? If so how and why ?
Quote from: Altar Server on July 07, 2009, 07:13:41 PMWas the Epiclisis in the liturgy of St. Gregory changed? If so how and why ? It wasn't changed, it was inserted; prior to its being approved for use in the AWRV. My only question regarding this is why does such a thing need to be done, when Orthodoxy was fine with the See of Rome using a liturgy without this epiclesis pre-1054.
Western liturgy has never had an explicit epiclsis.
Epiklesis (Latin invocatio) is the name of a prayer that occurs in all Eastern liturgies (and originally in Western liturgies also) after the words of Institution, in which the celebrant prays that God may send down His Holy Spirit to change this bread and wine into the Body and Blood of His Son. This form has given rise to one of the chief controversies between the Eastern and Western Churches, inasmuch as all Eastern schismatics [sic] now believe that the Epiklesis, and not the words of Institution, is the essential form (or at least the essential complement) of the sacrament....The Catholic [sic] Church has decided the question by making us kneel and adore the Holy Eucharist immediately after the words of Institution, and by letting her old Invocation practically disappear. On the other hand Orthodox theologians all consider the Epiklesis as being at least an essential part of the Consecration.
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