Help me fill out this chart! I want to view the consistency and continuity of the Church’s life and teaching of the first 4 or so centuries under these aspects: (A) the Eucharist, (B) Apostolic Succession & the Priesthood, © the Pope, (D) Mary, (E) the Bible.
Feel free to add elements that other people have already contributed to. I am looking for quotations from church fathers; references to church councils; anything at all that testifies to the Church’s understanding and practice of those topics above. My goal by doing this is to express the continuity of teaching in the Catholic Church, as well as the ongoing existence of the Church from the first century onward.
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Here is an example:
(A) The Eucharist **The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?" - 1 Corinthians
“Assemble on the Lord’s day, and break bread and offer the Eucharist; but first make confession of your faults, so that your sacrifice may be a pure one. Anyone who has a difference with his fellow is not to take part with you until he has been reconciled, so as to avoid any profanation of your sacrifice [Matt. 5:23–24]. For this is the offering of which the Lord has said, ‘Everywhere and always bring me a sacrifice that is undefiled, for I am a great king, says the Lord, and my name is the wonder of nations’ " - Didache 14 (Around AD 70)
(A) The Eucharist"Make certain, therefore, that you all observe one common Eucharist; for there is but one Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and but one cup of union with his Blood, and one single altar of sacrifice—even as there is also but one bishop, with his clergy and my own fellow servitors, the deacons. This will ensure that all your doings are in full accord with the will of God” - Letter to the Philadelphians 4 (Early 100s)
© The Pope"But since it would be too long to enumerate in such a volume as this the successions of all the churches, we shall confound all those who, in whatever manner, whether through self-satisfaction or vainglory, or through blindness and wicked opinion, assemble other than where it is proper, by pointing out here the successions of the bishops of the greatest and most ancient church known to all, founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul—that church which has the tradition and the faith with which comes down to us after having been announced to men by the apostles. For with this Church, because of its superior origin, all churches must agree, that is, all the faithful in the whole world. And it is in her that the faithful everywhere have maintained the apostolic tradition" - Irenaeus, *Against Heresies *3:3:2 (Late 100s)
Make the chart in any way you want. If you don’t know how to do special editing, just post your contribution, and I’ll update the chart every so often.