"and about sixty years later, Christians were putting their formulas for the different acts of worship and sacraments in writing. [...] [The Apostolic Tradition] contains the oldest version of the eucharistic prayer to have been recorded." [...]The overall impression given by the final version of the Apostolic Tradition is of a church with a very highly developed series of ministries and and conditions of life - in addition to bishops, presbyters and deacons, there are subdeacons, confessors, widows, readers, and virgins. A period of preparation and training for baptism, the catechumenate, has been instituted. Cemeteries have been established for Christian use. The regulations about and the prayers recited at the sacraments reveal a complex theology of baptism and the eucharist. Above all, the text speaks about community, a community of prayer and worship and service in which are different ways of being a Christian but all in union with each other." *
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