1st Edition

Eucharistic Sacramentality in an Ecumenical Context
The Anglican Epiclesis

ISBN 9780754663768
Published November 27, 2008 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the epiclesis or invocation of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharistic Prayer, using the Anglican tradition as an historical model of a communion of churches in conscious theological and liturgical dialogue with Christian antiquity. Incorporating major studies of England, North America and the Indian sub-Continent, the author includes an exposition of Inter-Church ecumenical dialogue and the historic divisions between western and eastern Eucharistic traditions and twentieth-century ecumenical endeavour. This unique study of the relationship between theology and liturgical text, commends a theology and spirituality which celebrates the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist as present and eschatological gift. It thus sets historic, contemporary and ecumenical divisions in a new theological context.



David J. Kennedy is Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral and part-time lecturer in Liturgy in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University. He is a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission and Chair of Praxis: Enriching Worship Today. Previously, he was tutor in Liturgy in the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, and honorary Lecturer in Liturgy, Department of Theology, University of Birmingham.


’This is a careful, accurate and fascinating study... I hope that it will encourage all who read it to try and re-think the way in which we use language, as well as to be grateful for a study that illuminates the whole process of doing theology so expertly.’ Modern Believing 'This is a good, scholarly book. It is clearly written. It has depth and insight. I recommend it highly for those who seek a better understanding of the Holy Spirit and the epiclesis.’ Worship ’In this well-researched and informative study [...] David Kennedy charts a careful and judicious route through the minefield of Anglican liturgy, liturgical reconstruction, and ecumenical critique, beginning the story with Thomas Cranmer and the Reformation, and ending with modern prayers from different parts of the Anglican Communion.’ Journal of Theological Studies