=jemfinch;2341437]I know that Justin Martyr published the earliest description of the liturgy, but as far as I know, he didn’t publish a complete description, replete with prayers, etc.
I am not trying to hijack this thread but for anyone reading I want to give our perspective and then back out. I **do think **that Justin Martyrs description was complete, it just doesnt jive with what many think it should, and with that I am out. Hope you guys understand.
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.”"
- The writings of the apostles and prophets are read as long as time permits.
- The president preaches.
- Everyone stands up to pray.
- Bread, wine, and water are brought.
- The president says unscripted, “according to his ability”, prayers.
- They eat and drink.