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Seventh Sunday after Trinity

O LORD of Hosts, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Historical Note: Source: Collect composed by Bishop Gelasius of Rome (492-496)

I have compassion on the multitude

Hosea xiv, Psalms 32, 36 | 33,34 , Romans vi. 19   &  St. Mark viii. 1



We are nourished by a compassionate Lord who fills his own with Good things. 

The collect and Gospel remind me of the first known  mural of a Christian chapel, discovered a few years ago in Israel. It was a chapel donated by Centurion Gaianus. The mural of the two fish was located in the chapel near the holy table for communion, and was a recognized symbol of the Lord's Supper in early church tradition based on this Gospel account. 

Mosaic of Fish on the floor of the Chapel of the Centurion, Megiddo, Israel

Those who abide in Christ and partake of his sacrament as he commanded are indeed "nourished with all goodness", as Gelasius said in the collect. 
Those who used the Didache for their rule of worship ended their communion with this prayer, thereby recognizing the work of the Lord in the sacrament of the Great Thanksgiving.

Let us pray:

We give thanks to You, O Holy Father, for Your Holy Name which You made to live in our hearts, and for the knowledge, the faith and the immortality which You did made known to us through Jesus Your servant. To You belongs the glory for ever. You, Lord Almighty, did create all things through Your Name, and did give food and drink to men for their enjoyment, that they might give thanks to You, but us have You blessed with spiritual food, drink and eternal light through Your servant.  Above all we give thanks to You because You are mighty. Yours is the glory for ever.  Remember, Lord, to deliver Your church from all evil and to make it perfect in Your love, and gather it together from the four winds, holy in Your kingdom which You have prepared for it. For Yours are the power and the glory for ever.  Let grace come and let this world pass away. Hosannah to the God of David. If any man be holy, let him come ! If any man be not, let him repent. 
Maranatha! [come Lord Jesus] Amen.

Post Communion from the Didache 10.. before 100AD

Released by Primus Pilus
Legio Christi-Ecclesia Militans
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]


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