The Eucharist Of The Early Christians

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The Eucharist Of The Early Christians

Author : Willy Rordorf
ISBN : 0814660339
Genre : Religion
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We can rediscover ourselves in the faith and hope of the early Christians. These ancient (first through fourth century) writings describe the richness of the Eucharist as it was experienced and lived at that time. Included in this volume are excerpts from the Didache, Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen, and more, all commented on by a leading liturgical historian.
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The Eucharist In The New Testament And The Early Church

Author : Eugene LaVerdiere
ISBN : 9780814663769
Genre : Religion
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As presented in the New Testament, the Eucharist is a source of both inspiration and guidance today. In The Eucharist in the New Testament and the Early Church, Father LaVerdiere examines what the New Testament tells us about the Eucharist and how the Eucharist provides an important experiential and theological resource for the gospel stories of Jesus' life, ministry, passion and resurrection, as well as for the life and development of the Church. Father LaVerdiere illustrates how the origins of the Eucharist coincide with the origins of the Church. The development of the Eucharist reflects the development of the early Church, as well as its creative theological and pastoral reflection. Through the lens of the New Testament it views the beginnings of both Church and Eucharist when the risen Lord appeared to the disciples at meals soon after Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. He also looks beyond the New Testament and explores the ongoing development of Eucharistic theology and practice up to the mid-second century, ending with Justin Martyr, the first to describe the Eucharist to people who had no personal experience of it. Father LaVerdiere focuses on the Eucharist in relation to ecclesiology, Christology, and liturgy. He begins by reflecting on how Christians referred to the Eucharist before it had a name, how names for the Eucharist came to be and their importance, how the Eucharist was celebrated at the very beginning, how liturgical formulas came to be, how these formulas brought out the riches of the Eucharist, and how the Eucharist related to different pastoral situations. The concept of triunity, the assembly, the Eucharist, and the Church guides this study. The Eucharist is the sacrament of the assembly, the sacrament of the Church's life in the world. From the very beginning, there was no separating the three, nor are there separating references to the Eucharist from the letters, gospels, or other work in which the three appear. Here, Father LaVerdiere stresses that in order to know the Eucharist in the New Testament and the early Church, one has only to look at the composition and actual life of the Church. Thus, to know the Church, one has only to look at the way it celebrates the Eucharist. Since most of today's challenges concerning the Eucharist are similar to those experienced by the early Church, The Eucharist in the New Testament and the Early Church will be of great help to pastors, students, catechists and those in ministry, who want the celebration of the Eucharist to make a difference on the rest of Christian life in the Church. Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS, is the senior editor of Emmanuel magazine and an adjunct professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union and Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. He is author of Fundamentalism: A Pastoral Concern, A Church for All Peoples: Missionary Issues in a World Church, and Luke from the New Testament Message series published by The Liturgical Press.
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The Early Church At Work And Worship Volume 3

Author : Everett Ferguson
ISBN : 9781608993666
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This is the third volume of Ferguson's collected essays, and includes some of his most memorable work, especially on "laying on of hands."
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The Cross And The Eucharist In Early Christianity

Author : Daniel Cardó
ISBN : 9781108483230
Genre : History
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An investigation on ancient sources (patristic and liturgical) on the Cross and the Eucharist that sheds light on contemporary discussions.
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The Mass Of The Early Christians 2nd Edition

Author : Mike Aquilina
ISBN : 9781592767694
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What did the first Christians believe about the Eucharist? How did they follow Jesus' command, "Do this in remembrance of me"? How did they celebrate the Lord's Day? What would they recognize in today's Mass? The answers may surprise you. In The Mass of the Early Christians, respected author, scholar, and television host Mike Aquilina reveals the Church's most ancient Eucharistic beliefs and practices. Using the words of the early Christians themselves -- from many documents and inscriptions -- Aquilina traces the history of the Mass from Jesus' lifetime through the fourth century. That the Mass stood at the center of the Church's life is evident in the Scriptures, as well as the earliest Christian sermons, letters, artwork, tombstones, and architecture. Even the pagans bore witness to the Mass in the records of their persecutions. These legacies from the early Church bear witness to the same worship Catholics know today: the altar, the priest, the chalice of wine, the bread, the Sign of the Cross ... the "Lord, have mercy" ... the "Holy, holy, holy" ... and the Communion.
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Life And Practice In The Early Church

Author : Steve McKinion
ISBN : 9780814756485
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Life and Practice in the Early Church brings together a range of primary texts from the church's first five centuries to demonstrate how early Christians practiced their faith. Rather than focusing on theology, these original documents shed light on how early believers "did church," addressing such practical questions as, how did the church administer baptism? How were sermons delivered? How did the early church carry out its missions endeavors? Early Christian writings reveal a great deal about the tradition, as well as the wider culture in which it developed. Far from being monolithic, the documents which present the voices of the early church fathers in their own words demonstrate variation and diversity regarding how faith was worked out during the patristic period. The texts illuminate who was eligible for baptism, what was expected of worshippers, how the Eucharist was celebrated, and how church offices and their functions were organized. Contextual introductions explain practices and their development for those with little prior knowledge of Christian history or tradition. The pieces included here, all in accessible English translation, represent such sources as Justin Martyr, Tertullian, the Cappadocians, Cyril of Jerusalem, John Chrysostom, and Augustine.
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From Symposium To Eucharist

Author : Dennis Edwin Smith
ISBN : 1451406533
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From Plato to the New Testament, banquets held an important place in creating community, sharing values, and connecting with the divine.
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Early Christian Worship

Author : Paul F. Bradshaw
ISBN : 0814624294
Genre : Religion
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For those interested in knowing more about the foundations of their own worship, Paul F. Bradshaw provides in Early Christian Worship a sound introduction to worship in the first four centuries of the Church. Bradshaw not only describes what rites Christians actually performed during this period but also explains why they acted as they did. He answers such questions as "Why did they choose some patterns instead of others?" "What did they understand themselves to be doing in their worship?" "What effect did all this have on developing Christian ideas, and what effect did the ideas in turn have on the worship?" Chapters under Christian Initiation are ?Beginnings,? ?Syria and Egypt," ?Rome and North Africa,? ?The Fourth-Century Synthesis,? and ?From Adult to Infant Baptism.? Chapters under Eucharist are ?Communion: The Sacred Meal,? ?Anamnesis and Epiclesis: The Eucharistic Prayer,? ??The Bloodless Sacrifice,?? ?Holy Food,? and ??Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.?? Chapters under Liturgical Time are ?Daily Prayer,? ?Sunday,? ?Easter and Pentecost,? ?Christmas, Epiphany, and Lent,? and ?Saints? Days."?... recommended for pastors, other worship leaders, and even laypersons who want to know more about Christian worship in the New Testament and succeeding centuries.? Southwestern Journal of Theology?For the ?seasoned? student of liturgy, the entire work is a welcome review of the practices of the early church that formed and informed our theology of baptism and Eucharist ... for the beginning student of the study of liturgy and the early Church it is an excellent textbook.? Liturgy Network{ad copy]For those interested in knowing more about the foundations of their own worship, Paul F. Bradshaw provides in Early Christian Worship a sound introduction to worship in the first four centuries of the Church.
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Eucharist And Excommunication

Author : Kenneth Hein
ISBN : UVA:X000827677
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This work, whose theme was prompted by the present-day question about -intercommunion-, seeks objectively to investigate how early Christianity dealt with similar problems. The question is pursued from its roots in Judaism up to the time of Cyprian, who marks the end of a certain stage of development in the matter. The study is concerned mainly with the evolution of eucharistic excommunication."
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Consuming The Word

Author : Scott Hahn
ISBN : 9780307590824
Genre : Religion
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From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper and Signs of Life comes an illuminating work that unlocks the many mysteries of the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist. Long before the New Testament was a document, it was a sacrament. Jesus called the Eucharist by the name Christians subsequently gave to the latter books of the Holy Bible. It was the "New Covenant," the "New Testament," in his blood. Christians later extended the phrase to cover the books produced by the apostles and their companions; but they did so because these were the books that could be read at Mass. This simple and demonstrable historical fact has enormous implications for the way we read the Bible. In Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, Dr. Scott Hahn undertakes an examination of some of Christianity's most basic terms to discover what they meant to the sacred authors, the apostolic preachers, and their first hearers. Moreover, at a time when the Church is embarking on a New Evangelization he draws lessons for Christians today to help solidify their understanding of the why it is Catholics do what Catholics do. Anyone acquainted with the rich body of writing that flows so inspiringly from the hand and heart of Dr. Hahn knows that he brings profound personal insight to his demonstrated theological expertise,” writes Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the foreword to the book. Consuming the Word continues in that illustrious tradition. It brings us a powerful and welcome guide as we take our place in the great and challenging work in sharing the Good News. From the Hardcover edition.
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Understanding Early Christian Art

Author : Robin Margaret Jensen
ISBN : 9780415204545
Genre : Art
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Understanding Early Christian Art is designed for students of both religion and of art history. It makes the critical tools of art historians accessible to students of religion, to help them understand better the visual representations of Christianity. It will also aid art historians in comprehending the complex theology, history and context of Christian art. This interdisciplinary and boundary-breaking approach will enable students in several fields to further their understanding and knowledge of the art of the early Christian era. Understanding Early Christian Art contains over fifty images with parallel text.
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Do This In Remembrance Of Me

Author : Bryan D. Spinks
ISBN : 9780334052029
Genre : Religion
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Bryan Spinks is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of liturgy and to have a comprehensive work by him on the Eucharist is a major catch for SCM. Like the author’s previous work on Baptism, this will become a standard work about the Eucharist and Eucharistic theology worldwide. The book, a study of the history and theology of the Eucharist, is the fifth volume in the SCM Studies in Worship and Liturgy series and will help to establish the series as a place for landmark books of liturgical scholarship.
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Prayers Of The Eucharist

Author : Ronald Claud Dudley Jasper
ISBN : 0814660851
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This collection of prayers was compiled to introduce the reader who has little knowledge of Greek or Latin or foreign modern languages to the treasures of Church worship. The prayers collected provide a textured picture of Christian worship in its simplest and purest form (springtime of the liturgy").
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The Agape And The Eucharist In The Early Church

Author : John Fitzstephen Keating
ISBN : 0344237508
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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God In Early Christian Thought

Author : Andrew Brian McGowan
ISBN : 9789004174122
Genre : Religion
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While the diversity of early Christian thought and practice is now generally assumed, and the experiences and beliefs of Christians beyond the works of great theologians increasingly valued, the question of God is perennial and fundamental. These essays, individually modest in scope, seek to address that largest of questions using particular issues and problems, or single thinkers and distinct texts. They include studies of doctrine and theology as traditionally conceived, but also of understandings of God among the early Christians that emerge from study of liturgy, art, and asceticism, and in relation to the social order and to nature itself.
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The Earliest History Of The Christian Gathering

Author : Valeriy A. Alikin
ISBN : 9789004183094
Genre : Religion
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Recent research has made a strong case for the view that Early Christian communities, sociologically considered, functioned as voluntary religious associations. This is similar to the practice of many other cultic associations in the Greco-Roman world of the first century CE. Building upon this new approach, along with a critical interpretation of all available sources, this book discusses the social and religio-historical background of the weekly gatherings of Christians and presents a fresh reconstruction of how the weekly gatherings originated and developed in both form and content. The topics studied here include the origins of the observance of Sunday as the weekly Christian feast-day, the shape and meaning of the weekly gatherings of the Christian communities, and the rise of customs such as preaching, praying, singing, and the reading of texts in these meetings.
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Ascetic Eucharists

Author : Andrew Brian McGowan
ISBN : 0198269722
Genre : History
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The early Eucharist has usually been seen as sacramental eating of token bread and wine in careful or even slavish imitation of Jesus and his earliest disciples. In fact the evidence suggests great diversity in its conduct, including the use of foods, in the first few hundred years. Eucharistic meals involving cheese, milk, salt, oil, and vegetables are attested, and some have argued that even fish was used. The most significant exception to using bread and wine, however, was a `bread-and-water' Christian meal, an ancient ascetic form of the Eucharist. This tradition also involved rejection of meat from general diet, and reflected the concern of dissident communities to avoid the cuisine - meat and wine - characteristic of pagan sacrifice. This study describes and discusses these practices fully for the first time, and provides important new insights into the liturgical and social history of early Christianity.
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Reconstructing Early Christian Worship

Author : Paul Bradshaw
ISBN : 9780281062973
Genre : Religion
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The book should be seen in the context of Paul Bradshaw's earlier works: The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship and Eucharistic Origins. In this book he updates his thinking in this area, focussing on the origins of the Eucharist, Baptism and Daily Prayer. The controversial introductory chapter is entitled: Did Jesus Institute the Eucharist at the Last Supper?
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Pagan Rome And The Early Christians

Author : Stephen Benko
ISBN : 0253342864
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Examines the basis for the accusations made by pagan Romans against the Christians and discusses the reactions of the Christians to these charges
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