I’ve been reading the material on the website bridegroompress called Scriptural Catholicism. It is great for referencing scriptural support for our main doctrines.

However, in the Eucharist section, author Steven Kellmeyer defines the term rememberence (anamnesis) as this:

The Passover meal is shared “in remembrance.” The word used for “remembrance” is “anamnesis,” which means “to make present.” For a first-century Jew, the Passover, through faith, unites every present participant to the participants in the original Passover; they become one Chosen People through this sacrifice. Christ commands remembrance in a Passover context, as God commanded it of all Jews at the first Passover. Note that the Last Supper is the only time Christ uses the word “covenant” in all four Gospels.

In my search of this term, I have not found this definition. Where is he coming up with this?



Modern Catholic Dictionary:

ANAMNESIS. After the consecration at Mass, the prayer of remembrance in which the Church calls to mind the Lord’s passion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. This is the high point of the Mass as a memorial of what occurred during Christ’s visible stay on earth as a pledge of what he continues to do invisibly through the Eucharist. (Etym. Greek anamnesis, calling to mind, recollection.)


CCC 1354 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 his Son which reconciles us with him.
In the intercessions, the Church indicates that the Eucharist is celebrated in communion with the whole Church in heaven and on earth, the living and the dead, and in communion with the pastors of the Church, the Pope, the diocesan bishop, his presbyterium and his deacons, and all the bishops of the whole world together with their Churches.

Secondly, it has become common to refer to what is claimed to be a Semitic usage of anamnesis in the first century. It has been maintained that in the celebration of Passover, the Jews of the first century and the Jews of today, make the events of the original Passover present by their remembrance of it. In fact the opposite is the truth about Passover. It is as if they were there. As D. R. Davies says, ‘Memory of a deliverance was central in the Jewish Passover.’ At a supper with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they re-tell the events of Passover and re-enact the flight to freedom from slavery in Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. It is a time of great rejoicing and excitement.

Note: the above website is not Catholic and does not subscribe to the re-enactment idea of “anamnesis.” Nonetheless it offers an interpretation in the above paragraph that supports it.


Nothing to add, but wanting to hear more!:slight_smile:



That is an interesting website…or whatever it is:p

Im not sure what perspective the author was taking, and will have to read it again slowly:D It seems quite complicated with those theologies.

But like you imply, alot lends itself to the greater significance than mere ‘remembering’, as the Church renders the whole celebration.




My question was regarding the specific definition “to make present” of anamnesis.


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