Skip to comments.Excerpt from: The Didache (The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Posted on 01/21/2012 10:17:55 AM PST by Salvation
The Lord's Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations
Chapter 9. The Eucharist. Now concerning the Eucharist, give thanks this way. First, concerning the cup:
We thank thee, our Father, for the holy vine of David Thy servant, which You madest known to us through Jesus Thy Servant; to Thee be the glory for ever.
And concerning the broken bread:
We thank Thee, our Father, for the life and knowledge which You madest known to us through Jesus Thy Servant; to Thee be the glory for ever. Even as this broken bread was scattered over the hills, and was gathered together and became one, so let Thy Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Thy kingdom; for Thine is the glory and the power through Jesus Christ for ever.
But let no one eat or drink of your Eucharist, unless they have been baptized into the name of the Lord; for concerning this also the Lord has said, "Give not that which is holy to the dogs."
Chapter 10. Prayer after Communion. But after you are filled, give thanks this way:
We thank Thee, holy Father, for Thy holy name which You didst cause to tabernacle in our hearts, and for the knowledge and faith and immortality, which You modest known to us through Jesus Thy Servant; to Thee be the glory for ever. Thou, Master almighty, didst create all things for Thy name's sake; You gavest food and drink to men for enjoyment, that they might give thanks to Thee; but to us You didst freely give spiritual food and drink and life eternal through Thy Servant. Before all things we thank Thee that You are mighty; to Thee be the glory for ever. Remember, Lord, Thy Church, to deliver it from all evil and to make it perfect in Thy love, and gather it from the four winds, sanctified for Thy kingdom which Thou have prepared for it; for Thine is the power and the glory for ever. Let grace come, and let this world pass away. Hosanna to the God (Son) of David! If any one is holy, let him come; if any one is not so, let him repent. Maranatha. Amen.
But permit the prophets to make Thanksgiving as much as they desire.
What is the Didache? Click here to read about in the Catholic Encyclopedia on the New Advent site. Excerpts from the Didache and other important Catholic writers from St. Paul to Pope John Paul II can be found in The Heart of Catholicism: Essential Writings of the Church from St. Paul to John Paul II, compiled and edited by Theodore E. James, Ph.D
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Paraphrase used as a hymn:
Father, we thank Thee who hast planted
Thy holy name within our hearts.
Knowledge and faith and life immortal
Jesus, Thy Son, to us imparts.
Thou, Lord, didst make all for Thy pleasure,
Didst give us food for all our days,
Giving in Christ the Bread eternal;
Thine is the pow’r, be Thine the praise.
Watch o’er Thy Church, O Lord, in mercy,
Save it from evil, guard it still,
Perfect it in Thy love, unite it,
Cleansed and conformed unto Thy will.
As grain, once scattered on the hillsides,
Was in this broken bread made one,
So from all lands Thy Church be gather’d
Into Thy kingdom by Thy Son.
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**good post. ive read the didache several times, its part of the library i carry on my little flash drive in my pocket...
i think more people need to read the early church fathers. it isnt going to settle all our theological differences but it gives a much richer context for the whole thing. people being people, were never going to agree on everything this side of heaven (and im looking forward to some really great debates when we get there, too...) :)**
im agreeing here with you, but oh, the level of frustration i get when i refer to something like the didache, or even just the church fathers in general..the more vehement amongst our separated brethern want to have nothing to do with these writings...as if those who walked and talked and were taught by the apostles are somehow wrong...cuz it isnt in the bible, etc...sheesh..
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