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date: 30 May 2024


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Andrew LouthAndrew Louth

The ceremony in the Roman baptismal rite in which the celebrant in pronouncing the words ‘Ephphatha, that is Be opened’ (Mk 7: 34) touches the ears and mouth of the candidate, praying that he may hear and preach the faith. It is found from an early date in the baptismal service for Easter Eve at Rome and Milan.... ...

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