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ANF07. Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries: Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius, Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions, Homily
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Chapter XIV.24902490     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.  —Christian Assembly on the Lord’s Day.

1. But every Lord’s day24912491     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 Lord’s Day was observed, and that, too, by a eucharistic celebration.   do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions,24922492     Comp chap. iv. 14. No parallel in Apostolic Constitutions.   that your sacrifice may be pure.24932493     On this spiritual sense of “sacrifice,” comp. Rom. xii. 1; Phil. ii. 17; Heb. xiii. 15; 1 Pet. ii. 5.   2. But let no one that is at variance24942494     “That hath the (or, any) dispute” (ἀμφιβολίαν); comp. Matt. v. 23, 24.   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;24952495     [See Mal. i. 11. See Irenæus, cap. xvii. 5, vol. i. p. 484.]   for I am a great King, saith the Lord, and my name is wonderful among the nations.24962496     Mal. i. 11, 14. Quoted in Apostolic Constitutions and by several Ante-Nicene Fathers, with the same reference to the Eucharist.    


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