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The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles: Chapter XIV.—Christian Assembly on the Lords Day
Chapter XIV. 2490 —Christian Assembly on the Lords Day.
1. But every Lords day 2491 do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, 2492 that your sacrifice may be pure. 2493 2. But let no one that is at variance 2494 with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned. 3. For this is that which was spoken by the Lord: In every place and time offer to me a pure sacrifice; 2495 for I am a great King, saith the Lord, and my name is wonderful among the nations. 2496
Verses 1 and 3 are given substantially in Apostolic Constitutions, vii. 30. This chapter would seem to belong more properly before chap. viii.; but the same order of topics is followed in Apostolic Constitutions,—a remarkable proof of literary connection.381:2491
Comp. Rev. i. 10. Here the full form is κατὰ κυριακὴν δὲ Κυρίον. If the early date is allowed, this verse confirms the view that from the first the Lords Day was observed, and that, too, by a eucharistic celebration.381:2492
Comp chap. iv. 14. No parallel in Apostolic Constitutions.381:2493
On this spiritual sense of “sacrifice,” comp. Rom. xii. 1; Phil. ii. 17; Heb. xiii. 15; 1 Pet. ii. 5.381:2494
“That hath the (or, any) dispute” (ἀμφιβολίαν); comp. Matt. 5:23, 24.381:2495
[See Mal. i. 11. See Irenæus, cap. xvii. 5, vol. i. p. 484.]381:2496
Mal. 1:11, 14. Quoted in Apostolic Constitutions and by several Ante-Nicene Fathers, with the same reference to the Eucharist.
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