The Church of the Apostles

The Church of the Apostles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...explanation of some of the rites of the faith being written for heathen readers, Justin Martyr seems studiously to have avoided ecclesiastical words and titles, which he might have used if writing to his own brethren, by whom they would be understood. We learn, however, from the passage we have quoted, what was the nature of the Service by which in that day this rite was celebrated. We can imagine the scene, when the faithful in the midst of trials and persecutions had gathered in their assembly, thus in secrecy to eat the bread of life and to mingle the water of life with bitter tears. They had solved the enigma of the grave, and discovered that immortality for which the soul is ever yearning. And now they were sacrificing everything in this world for the sake of that world of which they had so lately heard. As pilgrims they were ready to depart to the farthest confines of the earth, if new realms might be won to their Lord. The fire and the sword were weekly thinning their ranks, and the survivors were in jeopardy every hour, realizing that they were " baptized for the dead," and not knowing when they should be called to seal their profession with their blood. To them, then, each recurrence of this rite must have been invested with a solemnity which they can scarcely realize, whose lot is to dwell in peace by the still waters and in the green pastures. 'Justin, "Apol.," 2. And now, let us. look at the frequency with which the Holy Communion was then received. We have seen, from the allusions in the Acts of the Apostles, and from the account by Justin Martyr, that it was, in that day, always a part of public worship; and so it continued to be after the Apostles' times. Ignatius, the disciple of St. John, exhorts the Ephesians to be " diligent more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236674162
  • 9781236674166