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Anabaptist Liturgical Practices

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The celebration of the Eucharist had a meaningful place in the life of Anabaptist believers, and the form of their liturgy reflected key features of their faith: Biblicism, simplicity, community, and the following of inward change by outward signs. Balthasar Hubmaier's Form of the Supper of Christ iterates that the celebration of the Lord's Supper had significance beyond mere memorializing in Anabaptist worship. Although adult baptism was the hallmark of the Anabaptist experience, for believers as well as outside observers, the Eucharist functioned as an important complement to baptism by reaffirming the believer's faith in Christ's sacrifice, their commitment to avoid sin, lead a Christian life, and suffer persecution willingly. The surviving eucharistic liturgical forms, letters, hymns, and other records from the sixteenth century indicate that Anabaptists redefined the Eucharist in a manner that exemplified their new understanding of the Christian faith and way of life.

Keywords: anabaptist believers; Balthasar Hubmaier; eucharist



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