Following up on my previous post on the Eucharistic theology of the early Church, I just couldn't resist highlighting the difference between what many Christians today call Sunday worship and the Sunday worship of the early Church. I did this once before, but, in light of the previous post, I just couldn't resist mentioning it once more. And, sorry, but I only have video for contemporary Christian worship.
Let me make this real simple. . .
1. Sunday worship in the early Church:
"And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons."
--Justin Martyr, I Apol. 67 (A.D. 150-155)
2. What many Christians today call Sunday worship:
By the way, there's a little joke in here that you need to know Hebrew to catch. The Hebrew tattoo deliberately incorrectly spells God's name. Instead of God's name (יהוה ), it says, ויהי , translated, "And it came to pass" or "And it was so." Beginning Hebrew students often mistake these words for one another because they look similar. Of course the joke here is that people who get Hebrew tattoos really do not know how to read Hebrew at all.