The Tripartite Structure Of Prayer And The Trinitarian Formulary

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

Jewish table prayer, thought by some historians of liturgy to be the antecedent of the early Christian eucharistic prayer, evidences a threefold pattern of praise, remembrance, and petition. In a general way this sequence corresponds to the formula "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" in Christian worship. Thus, liturgical practice may have helped to shape classical Christian Trinitarianism.

In recent years, more and more attention has been given to three issues that bear upon the understanding of...


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