(Gk. offering). Term that originated in the E ch. reference to the part of the liturgy in which he eucharistic elements are consecrated and offered as an oblation. Anaphoras vary in scope or extent. The Armenian rite has 1 (formerly 14), Byzantine 2, Chaldean 3, Coptic 3, Ethiopian 17, Malabar 1, Syrian 80, etc. See also Epiclesis.
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