The Didache – A Glimpse into the Church around 100 a.d.

Today’s selection for reflection, meditation and/or prayer is from what is one of the earliest Christian writings. Here’s what an article from Wikipedia has to say about the Didache:   “The Didache  or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles is a brief early Christian treatise, dated by most scholars to the late first or early 2nd century.  The first line of this treatise is “Teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles (or Nations) by the Twelve Apostles.  The text, parts of which constitute the oldest surviving written catechism…  is considered the first example of the genre of the Church Orders….Lost for centuries, the Didache was rediscovered in 1873 by Philotheos Bryennios, Metropolitan of Nicomedia in the Codex.”. Link to whole article:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didache.  These excerpts were from the Eucharistic Liturgy in the unknown writer’s church.]

Concerning the Eucharist  give thanks like this:

First for the cup:

We give thanks to You, our Father,
for Your holy vine of David, Your servant, which You made
known to us through Jesus, Your Servant. Glory to You forever.

Concerning the broken bread:

We give thanks to You, our Father,
for the life and knowledge that
You made known to us through Jesus, Your Servant.
Glory to You forever.
As this broken bread was scattered over the hills
and was brought together becoming one,
so gather Your Church from the ends of the earth into Your kingdom,
for You have all power and glory forever through Jesus Christ.

After you are filled, give thanks like this:

We thank you, Holy Father, for Your Holy name
which you made to dwell in our hearts, and
for knowledge and faith and immortality
as You made known to us through Jesus, Your Servant.
Glory to You forever.

You, Lord Almighty, created all things to show forth Your name.
You give both food and drink to man to enjoy,
and everlasting life through Your Servant.
Above all, we thank You because You are mighty.
Glory to You forever.

Remember Lord, Your Church, to deliver her from all evil
and mature her in Your love.
And gather her from the four winds,
separated into Your kingdom which You have made for her,
because You have the power and glory forever.

Let grace come and this world pass away.
Hosanna to the Son of David!
If anyone is holy, let him come.
If anyone is not, let him repent.

Maranatha (Lord come). Amen

Source of icon: http://www.saint-mary.net/mm/icons/stmarys_icons/index.htm

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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