WHAT IS “EPICLESIS” AT MASS
Etymologically, Epiclesis is a combination of two Greek words:
Epi + kaleo (kalein)
Epi = on/upon
Kaleo (kalein) = to call
Epclesis = to call on/to call upon
At the holy sacrifice of the Mass, Epiclesis is used for the moment when the celebrating priest acting in the person of Christ (Latin: “in persona Christi”) calls on God the Father to send down the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine to change them into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. This is demonstrated by stretching of the hands of the priest over the bread and wine in the form of a dove, representing the Holy Spirit.
It is the single most important moment in the entire Holy Mass.
God bless you.
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