Anamnesis


#1

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church in The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Paragraph 1354 states:
In the anamnesis that follows, the Church calls to mind the Passion, resurrection, and glorious return of Christ Jesus; she presents to the Father the offering of the Son which reconciles us with him.
Why is this part of the Eucharistic Prayer called the anamnesis?


#2

The Greek term means “recollection”, “remembrance”, “reminiscence”, etc. Of course, for us, the anamnesis means so much more than mere remembrance or calling to mind. The anamnetic aspect of the Eucharist is also a making present for us now the events of the Passion, Resurrection, Ascension, and glorious return.


#3

The prayer calls to mind and partially fulfills Christ’s command in the Gospels that we perform the Eucharist in remembrance (eis tēn anamnēsin) of Him, and hence is called the anamnesis (the remembrance). Though as RyanBlack noted, anamnesis connotes far more than just a mental recollection or remembrance, as in the Eucharist, the totality of Christ’s saving work is made truly present.


#4

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