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Since the canon at that time was being recited aloud (usually sung), communicants would have heard the following words from the paragraph that began Supra quae propitio. Upon which we pray that you vouchsafe to look with a favorable and serene countenance, and to accept, even as you were graciously pleased to accept the gifts of your just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our Patriarch Abraham, and the holy sacrifice, the spodess victim, which your high priest Melchizedek offered unto you. [...] the apse mosaics served as an illustration of these words, and together they reminded the worshippers of San Vitale that they themselves were following in the rectitude of Abel, the faithfulness of Abraham, and the priestliness of Melchizedek.
Iconography and Eucharistic Ecclesiology in the Apse Mosaics of San Vitale, R... J Robert Wright Anglican and Episcopal Hist
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"Iconography and Eucharistic Ecclesiology in the Apse Mosaics of San Vitale, Ravenna, and their Distant Liturgical Echo in the First Anglican Canon of 1549"Please download to view full document