The Church Monthly Volume 14

The Church Monthly Volume 14

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... for Pliny goes on to state that, after separating from this service, they were accustomed to come together again at a later hour for a promiscuous, but harmless meal, which was unquestionably the primitive love-feast or agape. It must have been, therefore, for some other reason than to conceal their assemblies that they celebrated the Eucharist before daylight. But conjecture is utterly at a loss, unless it were to conform to the practice of the Apostles and the original institution. Be that, also, as it may, the custom of communing before dawn continued to the end of the second and beginning of the third century. Tertulliau, A.d. 199, says (De Corona, cap. 3) that in his time the celebrations were before daylight. The manifold inconveniences of such an hour would naturally lead, in process of time, to placing the holy service later and later. To this day, however, the Liturgy or Eucharist in the Greek Church generally begins before daybreak and ends about sunrise. In Russia the hour of the Eucharistic service is commonly so arranged that the concluding hymn, " We have seen the true Light; We have received the heavenly Spirit;. We have found the true faith: The indivisible Triad we adore; For it hath saved us," may be sung just as the sun rises. In the Western Church the tendency to postponement has been more marked. Yet it was long ages before the Eucharist was actually brought forward into the day; and even then it was always before the earliest meal. The present usage of putting off the celebration to the latter part of the forenoon is extremely modern; except on Saturday in Holy Week; on which day the Greeks Fasousv rb (pas rb &76iv6v, 'EAc i3o/4cy Ttvfvfia iitovp&iiiov Kupopev Tciartii a7j67J, 'ASiaiperov rpiaba. TrpoffKWOvptv, more

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