"Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is administered
either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it." St. Ignatius of Antioch ("The Epistle to the Smyrnaeans," c. 105 A.D.)
"And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the
country gather together to one place. And the memoirs of the Apostles or
the writings of the Prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then,
when the reader has ceased, the priest verbally instructs us and exhorts us to
imitate these good things. Then we all rise together and pray. And,
as we said before, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are
brought. Then, the priest in like manner offers prayers and
thanksgivings, according to his ability. And the people assent, saying
'Amen.' Then, the Eucharist, is distributed to everyone, and everyone
participates in that over which thanks has been given. And a portion of
it is sent by the deacons to those who are absent." St.
Justin Martyr ("First Apology," c. 160 A.D.)
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