Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Paleo-Orthodoxy: The Early Christian Agape Meal

This service is taken from the oldest church manual, the Didache. This is best used in Small Groups, Home Churches, or Bible Study groups, and at functions where disciples gather together for fellowship and a meal. The bread and wine should be prepared in appropriate vessels set apart for the sacred observance. Communicants will receive both the Eucharistic Bread and Wine.

Consecration of the Bread
Presbyter: We thank You, our Father, for the life and knowledge which You made known to us through Jesus Your Son; to You be the glory forever.(Presbyter elevates the bread) Even as this broken bread was scattered over the hills, and was gathered together and became one, so let Your Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Your kingdom; for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, through Jesus Christ forever.

Consecration of the Wine
Presbyter: We thank You, our Father, for the holy vine of David Your servant, (Presbyter elevates the cup) which You made known to us through Jesus Your Son; to You be the glory forever.

All receive Holy Communion.

Post Communion Prayer
Presbyter: We thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your holy name which You did cause to tabernacle in our hearts, and for the knowledge and faith and immortality, which You made known to us through Jesus Your Son; to You be the glory forever.

You, Master almighty, did create all things for Your name's sake; You gave food and drink to men for enjoyment, that they might give thanks to You; but to us You did freely give spiritual food and drink and life eternal through Jesus Your Son. Before all things we thank You that You are mighty; to You be the glory forever.

Remember, Lord, Your Church, to deliver it from all evil and to make it perfect in Your love, and gather it from the four winds, sanctified for Your kingdom which You have prepared for it; for Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

A meal may be shared by all at this point. After which is said a personal prayer and the Dismissal.

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

2 comments:

  1. Nice. Interesting. You say, "comes from the Didache." Is this a quote of a translation of the Didache or is it more of an adaptation from the Didache? If the former, is a citation available for looking it up in the Didache?

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  2. The prayers are taken directly from the Didache. The Didache is a short early Christian work and you should be able to find it without any problems.

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