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epiclesis Line breaks: epi|clesis
Pronunciation: /ɛpɪˈkliːsɪs/

Definition of epiclesis in English:

noun (plural epicleses ɛpɪˈkliːsiːz)

Christian Church
The part of the Eucharistic prayer in which the presence of the Holy Spirit is invoked to bless the elements or the communicants.
Example sentences
  • The transformation is effected by the Holy Spirit whose descending is being prayed for in the epiclesis.
  • A second epiclesis for the Spirit is prayed during the laying on of hands.
  • The eucharistic epiclesis in its classical form is a potent indicator of the deeper question concerning the relation of the Holy Spirit to the liturgy.


Late 19th century: from Greek epiklēsis, from epikalein 'call on', from epi- + kalein 'call'.

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