Definition of epiclesis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛpɪˈkliːsɪs/

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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