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To: DouglasKC
. But I think the text speaks for itself when put into the context of the early Christian church observing the biblical holy days.

I always get hooked by stuff like that.

How is that any different from saying, "I think the text says what I think it says?"

Some of us DON'T think the text says, suggests, or implies that the Mass is to be celebrated only once a year. So what in the texts can we turn to, in your opinion?

Or should we look outside the text to determine the practice of the early Church?

And two questions follow:
(1) are there texts which describe the Church's practice before the accommodation with the Gentiles of Acts 15?
(2)Is there any reason the practice of the early Church, especially that before the events of Acts 15, should be a standard to which we should conform? Where shall we find that recommendation or rule?

16 posted on 01/28/2010 7:34:12 PM PST by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Mad Dawg
I always get hooked by stuff like that. How is that any different from saying, "I think the text says what I think it says?"
Some of us DON'T think the text says, suggests, or implies that the Mass is to be celebrated only once a year. So what in the texts can we turn to, in your opinion?

Lev 23:4 'These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.
Lev 23:5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover.

Once a year for thousands of years. Christ comes:

Luk 2:41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.
Luk 2:42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.

The custom was once a year every year.

Luk 22:14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.
Luk 22:15 Then He said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;

God arranged it so Christ died on the Passover. The hour had come, the day of the Passover. Once a year.

1Co 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed on Passover, which was observed once a year. What feast was kept by Paul and the first Christians? The feasts of God, the Passover and unleavened bread.

1Co 11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
1Co 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
1Co 11:25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
1Co 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

The ceremony is a memorial to the death of Christ. Memorials in all human cultures are nearly always observed on a yearly basis. In this case once a year on Passover.

I would suggest that the only reason people don't think they did it once a year on Passover is that they ignore the thousands of years before this occurrence and focus on the post biblical traditions of the last several hundred years.

I think the standard is in the bible. The Passover is a yearly festival. Christ waited until the Passover to institute the ceremony of the bread and wine. The Passover had and has a significance to Christ because it was a day he created.

18 posted on 01/28/2010 8:40:34 PM PST by DouglasKC
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