Essay Christianity And The Holy Church

1978 Words Nov 28th, 2014 8 Pages
Worship
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42 Hebrews Chapter 8 explains the role of Jesus as The High Priest contrasting with the priesthood of the Old Covenant. Hebrews 8:1-2 says, “We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.” Worship of heaven, the liturgy, has been established by God himself forever. Hebrews goes on to say that what is done on earth is to be patterned after what is done in heaven (Development of Christian Worship, 2014) In the time of the Apostles worship began with Jewish traditions. The earliest Christians were converts from Judaism, the Messiah had come. Before Christian liturgy had formed the earliest Christians worshiped alongside Jews in the Temple and synagogues. When the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD Christians found their own identity and started forming their own doctrines and liturgy (Bracefield). These Christians met in homes. They would have a meal and share in Holy Communion. The meal before was called the Love Feast or the Agape. Worship surrounded and emphasized Communion with the Lord (Bracefield). As time passed and persecution of Christians became a norm, the Love Feast was separated from Holy Communion and then almost completely disappeared from Christian Worship. Other liturgies…

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