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Early Eucharist In Transition? A Fresh Look At Origen

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Liturgiological investigations into the Eucharist in Origen are confronted with a number of methodological problems. First one has to distinguish between testimonies of Alexandrian and Palestinian provenance. Secondly, the majority of Origen's writings is preserved only in translations of the late fourth century. Structural elements of the Eucharistic prayer are left to speculation, even if it is, particularly in Origen, not methodologically permissible to conclude their non-existence from the failure to mention liturgical customs. The precious insight, which Origen furthered with his intervention in conversation with Heracleides, lets it be recognized as well that Origen was not only a witness but also a protagonist of a Eucharistic praxis of prayer in a unity from rule of faith and rule of prayer. His influence, however, goes far beyond this well-known theological-liturgical engagement.

Keywords: Alexandrian provenance; Eucharist; Heracleides; methodological problems; Origen; Palestinian provenance



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