The Didache—Teaching of the Twelve Apostles
“Do not abandon the commandments of the Lord, but keep what you have received, without adding or subtracting.“
The Didache is one of the most important sources from the age of the Apostolic Fathers; so instrumental, in fact, that some of the early Fathers considered it to be a part of the New Testament.
Effectively the oldest extant written catechism, it provides both moral and liturgical instruction, including the oldest recorded Eucharistic prayers.
In a time sometimes characterized by ambiguity and evasiveness, the simplicity with which the Didache puts forward its teaching is, perhaps, itself an instruction. Like last week’s reading, this one is worth listening to more than once.
Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-apostolic-fathers-walsh-grimm-marique/
Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1631
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