Question of the Day for Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Q. What is the epiklesis? I know it has something to do with the act of consecration that takes place during Mass? And what role does the Holy Spirit have in all of that?
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
The epiklesis (epiclesis) is part of the Eucharistic prayer at Mass and refers to the moment when the priest-celebrant calls upon the Holy Spirit in preparation for the consecration of the bread and the wine at Mass. It’s a Greek word, and it means “invocation,” or “calling upon.” The priest-celebrant calls upon the Holy Spirit to sanctify the gifts, thus forming an integral part of the Eucharistic prayer. You know the priest is praying the epiclesis when he holds his hands extended over the gifts, and not so much by the words he uses, because in each of the four Eucharistic prayers, the words are different. At the moment of the epiclesis, because it is an important moment, the server can ring the bell so everyone pays attention.
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