Variants in the Introduction To the Eucharistic Prayer

Variants in the Introduction To the Eucharistic Prayer VARIANTS IN THE INTRODUCTION TO THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER BY C. A. BOUMAN The mere fact that the few short texts of the initial dialogue of the anaphora belong to the original nucleus of the eucharistic service, or at any rate since the end of the second century have formed part of it, marks the variants of these texts as remarkable problems in the history of liturgy. For even more than the anaphora itself these exclamations constituted one of the most outstanding moments of the Christian cult, because the congregation was immediately concerned in it, so that custom asserted here with doubled strength its ancient rights. This importance was not only a consequence of the fact that these exclamations were the immediate introduction to the euchar- istic prayer, but also of the circumstance that for a long time they were the most marked texts by which the laymen participated in the sacred rites 1. According to the Ordo Romanus I, the urban rite of Rome up to the 8th century, with the exception of an occasional Et cum spiritu tuo as a response to a salutation or Amen after the prayers and the ekphoneseis, knew no other responses than Vigiliae Christianae Brill

Variants in the Introduction To the Eucharistic Prayer

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