Resources for Conviviality

The earliest Christians met for meals. A distinctive meal tradition…was not a social event additional to worship, or a programmatic attempt to create fellowship among the Christians, but the regular form of Christian gathering ….These meals, where bread was broken, cup blessed, and various forms of discourse shared among the community and offered to God, were … the forerunners of what Christians have known as the Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or Mass.

– Andrew McGowan, Ancient Christian Worship

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