Origins of Rite II Eucharistic Prayers?

18 January 2007

Hey, all you Episcopalians lend a hand!  I have a liturgical question for you: what are the origins of the Rite II Eucharistic Prayers in the 1979 BCP?  My understanding is that Eucharistic Prayer D is adapted from the Liturgy of St. Basil, but the rest I’ve been unable to find anything regarding their origins or authors.


2 Responses to “Origins of Rite II Eucharistic Prayers?”

  1. Scott Says:

    Marion Hatchett has this in his Commentary on the American Prayer Book:

    Eucharistic Prayer A
    This prayer, a shorter, modern adaptation of the prayers of previous American [BCPs] and of Prayer I of Rite One, was drafted by the Rev. Dr. H. Boone Porter.

    Eucharistic Prayer B
    …conflates two eucharistic prayers from Services for Trial Use (1970), one based on the eucharistic prayer of Hippolytus, the other drafted by the Rev. Frank T. Griswold III.

    Eucharistic Prayer C
    …was drafted by Capt. Howard E. Galley.

    Eucharistic Prayer D
    …is adapted from the Liturgy of Saint Basil. The text…up to the institution narrative is a translation of the Latin original of the Roman sacramentary. The institution narrative is that of Prayers A and B. The anamnesis, oblation, and epiclesis are basically those of the earliest known manuscript of the prayer…

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