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The Gatherings Of Christians In The Morning

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This chapter firstly examines the origin of the early morning gathering and then the development of the morning gatherings in the second and third centuries. The first chapter argues that the thirties and forties of the first century Christians began to hold communal suppers once a week, namely on Sunday evening. The evidence for the history of the Christian morning gathering in the second and third centuries is scanty and hardly allows of a satisfactory reconstruction of that history.Basically, three changes took place: (1) the morning gathering spread from the Sunday to other mornings; (2) the morning gatherings were extended to include a Eucharist, Scripture reading and a sermon; and (3) the Sunday evening gathering with its communal meal lost its importance in favour of the Sunday morning gathering. From the beginning of the second century Christians began to come together more frequently.

Keywords: Christians; Eucharist; gatherings; morning; Scripture reading; sermon; Sunday evening



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