Sacraments and Liturgy

  • Marshall W. Baldwin
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


One of the earliest descriptions of the rite of baptism and of the eucharistic liturgy is given in a short treatise by an unknown author which is commonly included among the writings of the apostolic fathers. This is the Didache or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, the manuscript of which was not discovered until the latter part of the nineteenth century. For a time it was thought that the Didache was the earliest Christian document, excluding the New Testament, but present opinion seems to favor a later date, perhaps around the middle of the second century. The translation of the parts given here is by F. H. Glimm, S.T.L., from The Apostolic Fathers. pp. 170–180 and 180–183. Reprinted by permission of the Catholic University of America Press. (Notes omitted except for scriptural references.)


Fourth Century Patristic Period Loeb Classical Library High Priest Holy Ghost 


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