epiclesis

noun, often capitalized ep·i·cle·sis \ˌepəˈklēsə̇s\
variants: or

epiklesis

\ˌepəˈklēsə̇s\

Definition of epiclesis

plural

epicleses

or

epikleses

\-ēˌsēz\
  1. :  a liturgical invocation of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of consecrating the eucharistic elements found particularly in Eastern liturgies where it follows the words of institution and is regarded as the point at which the eucharistic bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ

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Origin and Etymology of epiclesis

Late Greek epiklēsis, from Greek, surname, title, invocation, from epikalein to summon, invoke, call by a surname (from epi- + kalein to summon) + -ēsis -esis


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