The Sanctus in the Eucharistic Prayer

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Cambridge University Press, May 9, 1991 - Religion - 260 pages
The sanctus (the 'thrice holy'of Isaiah 6.3) is found in nearly all ancient and modern eucharistic prayer. Its origin as a constituent element in this prayer is one of the unsolved mysteries of Christian liturgy, and the author of this study puts forward a comprehensive investigation into its background and sources. In making his enquiry, Dr Spinks shows that earliest attestations of its use derive from Syria and Palestine. This evidence is then matched against current theories of the origin of the eucharistic prayer, which leads the author to state his theories about the likely origin of the sanctus, and the implications this has for theories of anaphoral evolution. The use of the sanctus from the seventh century through to the present is described, a survey which takes note of the innovatory uses of Cranmer and Luther, and which places the study of the sanctus in a wide theological context.
 

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Contents

the enigma of the sanctus
1
PARTI
11
The sanctus in the East Syrian and SyroByzantine
57
The sanctus in the Egyptian and Western eucharistic
83
The possible origins of the sanctus in the eucharistic
104
Developments in East and West to the Reformation
125
The Reformation rites
148
The sanctus in some contemporary eucharistic prayers
176
The sanctus in perspective
194
Notes
207
Bibliography
235
Index of modern authors
255
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