As lockdowns grow across the world and governments demand citizens be injected with an experimental RNA vaccine, the Marcionite Christian Church is urging all denominations to prepare Catacomb Churches for the safety of parishioners. Lay people will need to prepare to host and preside over services. If you are called to become a Christian leader in your community you will need to know how to conduct a simple mass and lead others in prayer with the confidence that you're following the liturgical rites and teachings of the first Christians.
At the dawn of Christianity very few structures were set aside for the sole purpose of conducting mass and purpose-built churches were few and far between. Instead, larger private homes were used and the mass was presided over by a 'Presbyter' - usually the owner of the home. A typical mass would consist of under ten people worshiping together.
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This liturgical guide has been reconstructed from historical records, eyewitness accounts, theologians and the scriptures of Paul the Apostle. You will learn how to conduct a Christian mass and baptism, following the ancient rites and sacraments. Detailed instructions are included in the walkthroughs - including responses, motions, directions and blessings of the water and oil. A curated chapter of ancient prayers and inscriptions used in the first and second centuries is also included.
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