We come to the high point of the Order of Mass, known in Greek as the ἀναφορά, the anaphora (which means “carrying up” or “carrying back,” hence also for “offering”). Its particulars may vary in certain characteristics among Eastern and Western rites, but all follow the same general pattern, as gleaned from Saint Paul in the New Testament, as well as from the earliest Apostolic and Post-Apostolic writings:
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. And giving thanks, broke, and said: ”Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.” (1 Cor 11:23–24)
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