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Offering Thanks

My History of Eucharistic Prayers

Offering ThanksI am delighted to announce the online version of my research on the development of Eucharistic Prayers – from the prayer at formal meals (such as the Last Supper) to the fourth and fifth centuries (with particular reference to Antiochene and Alexandrian Rites). Until now this was only available through libraries or from me.

This is an amazing detective story which helps to understand the structure that is still evident in and renewed in Eucharistic Prayers to this day. You also find parallels of this structure in other Christian prayers – of blessing, ordination, and so on.

You can download my research here (3.2MB) or read it online at Scribd (or download it from there).

I have previously similarly made available my thesis The Anglican Eucharist in New Zealand 1814-1989. There are obvious connections between these stories.

So enjoy reading the story.

As I did for my thesis, as well as this blog post announcing its online availability, I have produced a permanent page for this research: Offering Thanks.

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8 thoughts on “My History of Eucharistic Prayers”

  1. Julianne Stewart

    Thanks Bosco. This is greatly appreciated. I am fascinated by discussions of how our Christian beliefs, texts and practices began. This will make excellent reading. He is risen indeed.

  2. From the UK mank thankss, Bosco.

    I am a regular reader of your blog, and although I comment rarely (if at all), I always appreciate your informative and thought-provoking posts.

    As an Englishman this has made my St George’s Day even more joyful than before!

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