English translation: A. GELSTON, The Eucharistic Prayer of Addai and Mari, Clarendon Press, Oxford , 1. THE ANAPHORA OF THE APOSTLES. I suspect that Pray Tell readers may find some of the liturgical Does your church celebrate the liturgy using the anaphora of Addai and Mari?. “The validity of the Eucharist celebrated with the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, This ancient Eastern Orthodox liturgy, attributed to a Pope(!), omits all of the.

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Because there is mercy with Thee. Most Eastern Orthodox hold that both the Institution and Epiklesis are necessary elements of the liturgy. The Roman rite originally included an Epiklesis, as mentioned by Pope Gelasiusbut by the time of Gregory the Great it was abandoned.

LRC Publications,pp. To deny that such a moment even exists as distinct from knowing when that moment is would be to effectively deny that there is any difference between receiving the Body and Blood of Christ or consuming bread and wine. No priest is allowed to celebrate Eucharist using eucharistic bread without Holy Leaven. I used to wonder why Constantine made Constantinople his new centre of empire — it seems to Western people very much out of the way; but it indicates that the known world East of the Mediterranean was where the action, the peoples, the civilizations were.

Catholicism portal Eastern Christianity portal. Thy majesty, O Lord, thousands of thousands of heavenly spirits, and ten thousand myriads of holy angels, hosts of spirits, ministers of fire and spirit, bless and adore; with the holy cherubim and the spiritual seraphim they sanctify and celebrate Thy name, crying and praising, without ceasing crying unto each other. A slight reform of the liturgy of Addai and Mari celebrated by the Chaldean Catholic Church came into effect on 6 Januarymaking uniform the many different uses of each parish and removing additions introduced over the centuries in imitation of the Roman rite.

Woe to me, woe to me, who have been astonied, because I am a man of polluted lips, and dwell among a people of polluted lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the mighty Lord.

One reader of the article wrote to me, drawing my attention to a fact I did not know: I see, examining, the liturgy closely, that it is wrong from the perspective of justice, finding room to mention righteous fathers but not holy mothers! Authors from Theodore of Mopsuestia c.

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The priest acknowledges that he is specially chosen to offer the living Sacrifice, in memorial of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.

The Common Christological Declaration abd paved the way for a process of ecumenical rapprochement between the Chaldean Church and the Assyrian Church of the East.


The cathedral seats around a thousand people and was more or less full. Of course, I could push the boat out and suggest that what is really essential is an unambiguous intent to do what the Lord commanded.

Addai, Mari, and Me

A repetition of the Words of Institution is the most compendious and unambiguous and best authorised way of doing this. The most obvious difference from an Anglican Eucharist was that the chancel was crammed with deacons maybe a dozen and that the sermon was late in the order, almost immediately before the communion of the people itself. John Hunwicke helpfully reproduced on his blog part of an unpublished letter of Dom Gregory Dix written in on the subject of what was necessary for a valid Eucharist: From an ecumenical viewpoint, it might be an appropriate expression of fraternal respect for members of other Churches who receive Holy Communion in the Assyrian Church of the East and who are used, according to the theological and canonical tradition of their proper Church, to hear the recitation of the words of the Institution in every Eucharistic Prayer.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The principal issue for the Catholic Church in agreeing to this request, related to the question of the validity of the Eucharist celebrated with the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, one of the three Anaphoras traditionally used by the Assyrian Church of the East. To do otherwise would be to say that these people were not part of the Church. Without pretending to decide the question with infinite precision, it is meaningful to ask what is the earliest moment in the liturgy when the priest could consume the species and be truly receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

Moreover, the use of these mrai Anaphoras is not free, as in the Latin tradition, but prescribed by the liturgical calendar. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. All of the ancient rites, without exception, contain an Institution Narrative, using explicitly sacrificial language, as we have seen even in the extremely irregular example of lkturgy Anaphora of Addai and Mari. Similarly, all agree that by the end of the liturgy, when the lituggy receives communion, he truly receives the Body and Blood of the Lord.

Have mercy upon me, Litutgy God? The essence of the Institution Narrative is the words of Christ which declared that the sacramental bread and wine are truly His Body and Blood, offered unto the remission of sins. Before the resplendent throne of Thy majesty, O Lord, and the exalted and sublime throne of Thy glory, and on the awful seat of the strength of Thy love and the propiatory altar which Thy will hath established, in the region of Thy pasture, with thousands of cherubim praising Thee, and ten thousands of seraphim sanctifying Thee, we draw near, adore, thank, and glorify Thee always, O Lord of all.


Three reasons were given for this judgment. All of the ancient aedai of the Church are ambiguous at various points adsai their verbal forms as to whether xddai species are to be regarded as consecrated or not. The Anaphora of Addai and Mari The principal issue for the Catholic Church in agreeing to this request, related to the question of the validity of the Eucharist celebrated with the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, one of the three Anaphoras traditionally used by the Assyrian Church of the East.

The true Epiklesis had been discarded by the Romans at an early date in reflection of the Latin belief shared by some Eastern fathers such as St. The Greeks nonetheless recognize the Roman rite as valid, considering the prayer ” Supplices te rogamus ” to be an Epiklesis.

Although logic requires that there exist some moment when the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ a gradual change would be impossible, since Divinity cannot be subdividedit does not necessarily follow that liturggy can obtain practical knowledge of that moment.

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Glory be to Thy tender mercies, because Thou hast associated the earthly with the heavenly. I asked him what day his church celebrates Christmas, thinking they might follow the Orthodox calendar.

Pastoral provision The Catholic Church provides special regulations for situations of pastoral necessity, such as those the Assyrian Church of the East and the Chaldean Church face today. The Assyrians hold a treasure in their liturgy—a liturgical gem that belongs to the great, diverse heritage of worldwide Christianity.

Anaphora of Adai and Mari

Finally, it must be observed that acdai eastern and western Eucharistic Anaphoras, while expressing the same mystery, have different theological, ritual and linguistic traditions. Let us receive the Holy and be hallowed by the Holy Ghost.

Nonetheless, since the Church in Persia and Mesopotamia is geographically dispersed, it is often difficult for Chaldean Catholics to receive the sacraments without attending a liturgj rite.

The Eucharistic Prayers or Anaphoras of all the present Christian Churches that believe in apostolic succession include the Words of Institutionand the relevant Institution narrativewith the sole exception of some versions of the Anaphora of Addai and Mari.