Time Again for Catacomb Churches

As lockdowns grow across the world and governments demand citizens be injected with an experimental RNA vaccine, the Marcionite Christian Church is urging all denominations to prepare Catacomb Churches for the safety of parishioners. Lay people will need to prepare to host and preside over services. If you are called to become a Christian leader in your community you will need to know how to conduct a simple mass and lead others in prayer with the confidence that you're following the liturgical rites and teachings of the first Christians.

At the dawn of Christianity very few structures were set aside for the sole purpose of conducting mass and purpose-built churches were few and far between. Instead, larger private homes were used and the mass was presided over by a 'Presbyter' - usually the owner of the home. A typical mass would consist of under ten people worshiping together.

View the latest advisory regarding catacomb churches.

  1. Who? - Any baptized Christian man who believes Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that God was revealed through Him is qualified to lead a simple Mass. He will assume the title of Presbyter. The Mass as structured is non-denominational and does not favor one 'brand' of Christianity over another. However, it is based on the beliefs of the first Christians and as such there is no reliance on or reference to the Hebrew bible (Old Testament) or its deity - only New Testament gospel and scripture is used. The Marcionites used The Very First Bible of 144 A.D.
  2. Where? -Any home with a space large enough to accommodate up to ten people. Ideally, the home will have a large C-shaped couch or seating area. In some cases, Mass will have to be conducted underground in a 'catacomb church' like those used by the Christian Russians under Bolshevik persecution.
  3. When? - The first Christians met twice on Sunday - first at dawn for a Service of the Word with prayer and an oath not to partake in theft or adultery and again at the end of the day for Mass and a meal which was both real and sacramental. It symbolizes fellowship, sharing, unity and brotherhood. Saturday is a day of fasting.

Mass, Baptism & Prayers of the Very First Christians

This liturgical guide has been reconstructed from historical records, eyewitness accounts, theologians and the scriptures of Paul the Apostle. You will learn how to conduct a Christian mass and baptism, following the ancient rites and sacraments. Detailed instructions are included in the walkthroughs - including responses, motions, directions and blessings of the water and oil. A curated chapter of ancient prayers and inscriptions used in the first and second centuries is also included.

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