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Roman historian Pliny (AD 23/24–79): “(The Christians) asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so.”

Concordia and Koinonia

Biography: born at the beginning of the second
century, Justin was raised in a pagan family. He was a student
ofphilosophy who converted to the Christian faith and became a teacher in
Ephesus and Rome. Afterrefusing to make pagan sacrifices, he was
arrested, tried and executed, along with six other believers. They were
beheaded. The official Roman court proceedings of his trial before Rusticius,
a Roman prelate, document hisconfession of faith. The account of his
martyrdom became a source of great encouragement to the earlyChristian
community. Much of what we know of early liturgical practice comes from Justin.

It seems that Sunday
as the “Little Easter”, the day the Lord rose again from the dead,
has been the day of worship from the beginning for the Church and it was not
convenient. As described by Justin Martyr:

On the day called Sunday there is a gathering together in the same…

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