The Structure Of Table Worship In The Early Church

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The oldest prayer of Thanksgiving is found in Hippolytus, The Apostolic Tradition, dated about a. d. 215. Because Hippolytus remembered this prayer from his youth, it is generally thought the prayer reaches back to 150. Through this prayer we can see the developed parts of the ancient eucharistic prayer. Consequently, this prayer has served as a model for the contemporary restructuring of the prayers said at the Table.

The Text of Hippolytus




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