Thl- Chapt 2 questions

Thl- Chapt 2 questions - ECTGQ2 Name: Michael Lepri R.L....

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ECTGQ2 Name: Michael Lepri R.L. Wilken, Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God Chapter 2: An Awesome and Unbloody Sacrifice (25-49) Guide Questions to the Readings 1. Is “anaphora” another word for a Eucharistic Prayer? The anaphora is another word for a Eucharistic prayer because “Anaphora of the Liturgy of St. James” is a Eucharistic Prayer 2. Why can we say that the apologists were not merely theologians, that is, academics? Apologists were never far removed from the church’s worship. Their intellectual work was always in service of praise and adoration of the one God 3. Which is more important for the early Christians? a. to know about the Holy Trinity b. to explain the Holy Trinity c. to worship the Holy Trinity 4. How does Evagrius Ponticus define the word “theologian?” “A theologian is one who prays, and one who prays is a theologian.” 5. What differentiates a Father of the Church who is philosophizing and some pagan philosopher such as Alcinous or Plotinus? A Father of the Church will always turn to the Bible as a source of their ideas while a pagan will use alternative sources 6. What else becomes apparent when one reads the texts of the Fathers? Their teachings are constant with what they do in the Eucharist, and the celebration of the Eucharist established what they teach 7. What were the functions of bishops in the early church? They presided at the celebration of the Eucharist and preached several times a week 8. Did they value originality or faithfulness most highly? Faithfulness over originality Offering up Prayers and Thanksgiving 9. What do you recognize or not recognize in Justin Martyr’s description of the celebration of the Eucharist? 1
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Bread and wine are turned into the body and blood of Christ through the prayer but the celebration does not seem to be performed during mass 10. Was this form of worship unique to Justin’s church? No, this ritual was practiced all over 11. What are the two parts of the Eucharist in Justin’s description? a. A scriptural reading comprised of a series of biblical readings interspersed with prayers and psalms called the “memoirs of the apostles.” b. A sermon or homily that applied what had been read to the lives of the members of the assembly finally Bread and wine after being blessed were distributed to the faithful. 12. What was the historical basis for the first part of the celebration of the Eucharist?
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