Eucharist First Mentioned outside New Testament


We find the first mention of the Eucharist in the report of Pliny the Younger (Governor of the Province of Pontus and Bithynia), to Emperor Trajan in 112. According to him the Christians:

“habitually assemble on a set day, before sunrise, and sing a hymn to Christ as to a god…..They then go their ways and assemble again later on for their meal which, whatever may be said of it, is ordinary and harmless”.

This is the way a secular officer has to describe the Eucharist. Probably Pliny was speaking of Sunday when he said set day and one of the two gatherings must have been for the celebration of the Eucharist.

Recommended Articles and Books

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  4. Eucharist and Justin the Martyr
  5. Eucharist and The Apostolic Tradition



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