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Church Orders
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1. Early Church

The earliest church order is probably the Didache (Apostolic Fathers 2.1). The later Apostolic Church Order contains the two-ways teaching and rules relating to clergy and widows. The Didascalia apostolorum (Teaching of the apostles), from Syria in the early third century, is mostly sermonic and only in part a church order with rulings on married couples; on the tasks of bishops, deacons, widows, and deaconesses; and on almsgiving, baptism, worship, penance (Penitence), and fasting.

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Sprengler-Ruppenthal, Anneliese, “Church Orders”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C867>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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