"Even where women deacons are ordained by laying on hands and epiklesis
[an invocation of the Holy Spirit] analogous to the ordination of men deacons as in the Apostolic Constitutions and above all in the later Byzantine rite, the historical findings do not allow one to speak of the two ordinations as the same," Menke quoted Jorissen.
(70) Sebastian Brock, The Epiklesis
in the Antiochene Baptismal Ordines," Orientalia Christiana Analecta, vol.
(37.) It commences with an invocation (epiklesis
, lines 1-6), continuing with a description of the divinity's works and virtues (aretalogia, lines 6-21), and finishing with the request to ascend to the holy throne, the source of all good, and gaze upon God Himself (euche, lines 22-28).
The unity of the eucharistic prayer can be seen in the thankful praise that (1) springs from the anamnesis that recalls the history of salvation, (2) implores the heavenly Father to send the salvific presence of Christ here and now through the Holy Spirit (epiklesis
), (3) proclaims in amazement and praise of God the mystery of the presence of Christ (koinonia), and (4) presents the human race to the Father for his glorification (prosphora).
(3) Forming a close parallel to a celebration of the Eucharist, Shegog's sermon evokes dynamic remembrance of the crucified and risen Christ (anamnesis), even as it invokes love, hope, joy, and peace--what one congregant calls "de comfort en de unburdenin" (292)--gifts traditionally associated with the coming of the Holy Spirit (epiklesis
In it the Epiklesis
invokes the Holy Spirit over the assembled congregation, but not on the elements.
(3.) The epiklesis
, the prayer to God the Holy Spirit, in the Liturgy of St.
Moreover, the analysis of the official responses of the churches to the Lima document indicates "broad agreement or convergences on the Trinitarian structure and meaning of the eucharist, the inseparability of word and sacrament, the 'real, living and active presence' of Christ and the commemoration of his sacrifice, the mutual reference of anamnesis and epiklesis
as well as the ethical, missionary and eschatological dimensions of the Lord's supper".(5)
Apart from vindicating the orthodoxy of the compiler, noting the similarities to the Deir Balyzeh fragment which confirmed its conformity to the regional tradition, and the integrity of the Logos epiklesis
, he did not deal with this particular prayer in detail.
They also find support in the studies of Sebastian Brock ("The Epiklesis
in the Antiochene Baptismal Ordines," Symposium Syriacum 1972, Orientalia Christiana Analecta 197 [Rome: Pontifical Oriental Institute, 1974] 183-218; Gabriele Winkler, "Weitere Beobachtungen zur fruhen Epiklese (den Doxologien und dem Sanctus): fiber die Bedeutung der Apokryphen fur die Erforschung der Entwicklung der Riten," Oriens Christianus 80 (1996) 1-18.
In the midst of human history, the Christian life remains a permanent invocation of the Holy Spirit (epiklesis
), who heals the brokenness of humanity and fills the emptiness of the human spirit.