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Advent through the centuries – The First Century

Welcome to Advent Through The Centuries. Every day I’ll be posting a scripture reading, a short passage by a pastor, theologian, or church father, and a prayer. Each day will follow one century of church history, so today will be 0-100. Tomorrow will be 100-200, and so on.

Thursday, December 1
The First Century of the Church

Scripture:

Isaiah 26:1-6

That day, this song will be sung in Judah: ‘We have a fortress city, the walls and ramparts provide safety.

Open the gates! Let the upright nation come in, the nation that keeps faith!

This is the plan decreed: you will guarantee peace, the peace entrusted to you.

Trust in Yahweh for ever, for Yahweh is a rock for ever.

He has brought low the dwellers on the heights, the lofty citadel; he lays it low, brings it to the ground, flings it down in the dust.

It will be trodden under foot, by the feet of the needy, the steps of the weak.’

Reading:
The Didache, c.75 AD. Full text here.

There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways.
The way of life, then, is this: First, you shall love God who made you; second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to another what you would not want done to you. And of these sayings the teaching is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. For what reward is there for loving those who love you? Do not the Gentiles do the same? But love those who hate you, and you shall not have an enemy. Abstain from fleshly and worldly lusts. If someone strikes your right cheek, turn to him the other also, and you shall be perfect. If someone impresses you for one mile, go with him two. If someone takes your cloak, give him also your coat. If someone takes from you what is yours, ask it not back, for indeed you are not able. Give to every one who asks you, and ask it not back; for the Father wills that to all should be given of our own blessings.

Prayer:
The Lord’s Prayer., c. 65-80 AD

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be your Name.
your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

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Advent through the centuries, preamble

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This is going to be the plan for the next 24ish days. Every day at 7:30am (starting tomorrow!) this blog will have a series of readings related to Advent. Each day will follow a century of Church history, starting tomorrow with 0-100, continuing on Monday with 100-200, etc. each reading will have a short passage of scripture, a reading from a theologian from that century, and a prayer that originated in that century. So, for example, tomorrow’s post contains a reading from Romans, a reading from the Didache (an early church document originating around 70AD), and the Lord’s Prayer.

These readings are usually going to be reflections on Advent specifically, but not always. A wide variety of theologians and prayers will be used – I’m trying to cover as wide a swath of denominations, etc. as possible. Please read along, comment, and share them on Facebook – I’m really excited about this.

See you tomorrow! (PS, if you have a favorite theologian from between 500 and 600AD, let me know?)