Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Shouldn't communion service be on Sabbaths like the first-through-fifth-century churches?

If you've ever read his works, the church historian Socrates is very thorough, and only two Roman capitols kept Sunday sacred:

"“For although almost all churches throughout the [fifth century] world celebrate the sacred mysteries on the Sabbath (22) of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, have ceased to do this. The Egyptians in the neighborhood of Alexandria, and the inhabitants of Thebaïs [480 miles S. of Alexandria], hold their religious assemblies on the Sabbath, but do not participate of the mysteries in the manner usual among Christians in general: for after having eaten and satisfied themselves with food of all kinds [like it says in 1 Cor. 11:33,34], in the evening making their offerings[23] they partake of the mysteries.”

Footnote 22: Sunday is never called ‘the Sabbath’ by the ancient Fathers and historians,

but ‘the Lord’s day’ (κυριακή). Sophocles (Greek Lex.

of the Rom. and Byzant. Period) gives three senses to the word; viz., 1. ‘The Sabbath’

[of the Jews] (so in the LXX and Jewish writers). 2. ‘The week.’ 3. ‘Saturday.’ Many

early Christians, however, continued to observe the Jewish Sabbath along with the first

day of the week [In Rome, Italy; and Alexandria, Africa]. Cf. Bingham, Christ. Antiq. XX.

3. Taken from: Post-Nicene_Fathers:_Series_II/Volume_II/Socrates/Book_V/Chapter_22


BTW: The Ethiopian church was neglected for several centuries and did not begin to keep Sunday until the 11th century.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Jesus Kept the Sabbath.

    Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), and worked at His trade until He was thirty years old. He kept the Sabbath and worked six days in the week, as all admit. Hence He did many a hard day’s work on Sunday.


    Socrates of Constantinople was a Greek Christian

    A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, a Monotheism#Christian view religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus and interpreted by Christians to have been prophesied in the Hebrew Bible/Old historian, a contemporary of SozomenSozomen.

    Salminius Hermias Sozomenus was a historian of the Christianity church....


    Salminius Hermias Sozomenus was a historian of the Christianity church....


    The early churches observed passover each year, which they called pascha in Greek, a word meaning suffering and referring to Christ's suffering before and upon the cross.

    There was a question as to whether it was best to observe Passover on Nisan 14, the day the Jews celebrated it, no matter which day of the week it fell on, or whether to observe it on the Sunday nearest Nisan 14. The early church made a special day of Sunday, but not because it was a day consecrated to the sun god, as is often suggested by Sabbath-keepers. Instead, they consecrated Sunday as the Lord's Day, the day on which Jesus rose from the dead.

    The Lord's day was not a day of rest but a day of rejoicing. It was a tradition with the early churches not to kneel on Sunday because it was the day on which Jesus rose from the dead. Thus, it was to be a day of celebration, and they did not kneel or fast (De Corona 3).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    As a some what but admittingly not a teacher of Church History i can tell you that your just plain wrong. Even in the Epistles it is noticeable that the first Christians were already gathering on the Lords Day. For the first yrs of the new Christian faith both Saturday and Sunday were celebrated but as the Church became more Gentile and less Jewish Saturday was no longer the preferred day. By just reading the writings of the early Church Fathers you will note they called by then a dual name for Sunday gatherings one of which was the Sabbath day of the Lord and the Lords day. Why not ask why do Christians no longer arise before sunrise on the lords day to worship as that was a common practice then. I could give you a lenghty discussion on early Church practice that is no longer done in the way they did it then,such as confession.Would you want to go up to the altar and kneel before the Priest and have a covering placed over you and confess your sins or even worse yet stand up in the gathering of worshipers and confess your sins and then be known to the whole Christian community as a sinner by having to stand outside the gathering place when the worshipers received the Holy Eucharist and as a penance maybe depending how serious the sin do it for yrs. Well the way things were done are different today as we changed certain ways to be more forgiving such as in the act and penance of the confessional.As in my Church we have now gone from the little box with the sliding window door to setting in a special room with a Priest in a more Fatherly setting.The way it's done has changed in my life time just as it has Changed over the centuries but the purpose and actions are the same. Also if you re read the old testament you will understand the Sabbath was for the Jews and was binding on no other people.

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  • beckor
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    If certainly everyone seems to be worshipping god on the incorrect day, i think he could locate the thank you to enable them to nicely known. .... you fairly have faith Socrates had an opinion on the Sabbath? Socrates had a foreskin.

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  • Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment." - Jesus

    "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." - Pharisees

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