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date: 12 December 2019

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This article discusses the eucharistic nomenclature; the primitive eucharist; the eucharistic liturgy of Rome in c.150; the ‘classic’ eucharist; the frequency of the eucharist; communion apart from the eucharistic liturgy; teaching the eucharist; regulating the eucharist; the eucharist in material culture; and areas for new research. The Didache mentions perennial features of the eucharist that came to stand for the eucharistic liturgy as a whole. But the term ‘eucharist’ designated both the ritual and its object, the consecrated bread and wine. Areas for new research include eucharistic discourse, performance theory, spectacle studies, and the composition of the eucharistic assembly and foci of its attention.

Keywords: eucharistic nomenclature, primitive eucharist, Didache, eucharistic prayer, bread and wine, performance theory, eucharistic assembly

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