Modern Christians often speak of “hearing” or “attending” the Eucharist; priests “say” the mass. The ancient church, by contra tended to speak of “doing” the Eucharist (eucharistiam facere) or “performing” the mysteries (mysteria telein). The word anamnesis had the effect not so much of a memorial, as one would say kind words about the dead, but rather of performance. The emphasis is thus on the entire rite of the Eucharist as action, and not simply on the consecration of the elements. (William T Cavanaugh, Torture and Eucharist, p.230)

 

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