Part 5: The Coming of the Holy Spirit & the Great Intercession

Anamnesis – Memorial of Atonement

  • Anamnesis in Greek means remembering, that is, remembering the life, death, resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:25: In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:52: in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.


Epiclesis – The coming of the Holy Spirit

  • The descent of the Holy Spirit makes the Bread the Body and the Wine the Blood.
  • The Achen flutters his hands in the air in a motion that symbolizes the Holy Spirit coming down from heaven, specifically to “change” the bread and wine into Body and Blood of Christ. Of course, the Achen calls down the Holy Spirit in humility and in prayer knowing the power of God.
  • The Deacon says, “How awe-filled is this time my beloved…”
  • Then the Achen fervently (a sort of desperation) calls the Holy Spirit to come down like Elijah did in 1 King 18:37, “Answer me of Lord” (3x)
  • Then the Achen says, and may the Holy Spirit make this bread the Body of Christ and this Blood of Christ. (Romans 8:26, Luke 1:35)


Thubden (Diptychs) – The Great Intercession

  • 1st Diptych Hebrews 13:18-19: Living Bishops
  • 2nd Ephesians 6:8: For the faithful who are going through hard trails/struggles
  • 3rd Ezra 6:9: Secular ruler
  • 4th Hebrews 11: St. Mary, Saints, Apostles, and Martyrs
  • 5th Departed Fathers Doctors of the Church
  • 6th Exodus 28:11-28: Faithful Departed