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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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EPIKLESIS

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An invocation of the Holy Spirit said by the celebrant of the Mass after the words of Consecration. It occurs in all the liturgies of the East and is considered essential in the Orthodox Church to the validity of the Eucharistic sacrifice. Since the Second Vatican Council all the new canons of the Mass contain the epiklesis.