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Lord's Day and Easter

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This chapter explains that the Synagogue (as distinct from the Temple) did, in fact, influence both the form of service and the times at which Christians met together for public prayer in the first four centuries of our era to a much greater extent than has sometimes been recognised. Since every Sunday is the Lord's Day, the Sunday of the Lord can only mean the Sunday on which he rose from the dead, i.e. Easter Sunday, but the phrase is infelicitous. The pre-eminence of Easter Sunday over other Sundays is shown in the fact that catechumens were normally baptised and made their first communion at Easter: indeed, it is remarkable that Hippolytus, who provides us with the first full account of the liturgical Eucharist that we possess, only mentions it in connexion with the consecration of a bishop and the Christian Pascha.

Keywords: bishop; Christian Church; Christian Pascha; Easter; Lord's Day

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