The Prayer Of Thanksgiving

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Scholars played an important role in rediscovering how central the eucharistic prayer was in the very earliest history of the church. Although the earliest texts of the eucharistic prayers often survive only in fragments embedded in later works, diligent comparison has permitted the piecing together of the model prayer of thanksgiving given by Hippolytus of Rome (c. 215).

When Christians assemble to celebrate the Lord's Supper, they take the bread and cup in memory of Jesus. Just as Jesus at...


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