Where did "Lord, I'm not worthy to receive you . . ." come from?


#1

I’ve been having discussions with a former Catholic, now Baptist, who says the Catholic church is not really the church Jesus started as in “it changed”. I had heard at one time the response “Lord, I’m not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed” was started by an early church father but can’t recall who. Thought this might be valuable info to show how little the mass has changed.


#2

Although recitation of this phrase during the Mass is not an ancient practice, the phrase itself is derived from the words of the centurion recorded by Matthew: "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Mt 8:8).

For a historical account of the Mass see the Catholic Encyclopedia article:[LIST]
]Liturgy of the Mass*[/LIST]


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