A first century teaching known as The Didache or The Lord’s Teaching through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations is an anonymous work from the first century, and it is written to teach the basics of the faith. Here we find instruction on giving thanks after celebrating holy communion: “And after you are filled (after celebrating the Eucharist), give thanks thus: ‘We give you thanks, Holy Father, for your holy name, which you hast made to tabernacle in our hearts, and for the knowledge, faith and immortality which you hast made known to us through your Son Jesus. To you be the glory for ever. You, Lord Almighty, did create all things for your name’s sake, and gave food and drink to men for their enjoyment, that they might give you thanks; and to us you did grant spiritual food and drink and life eternal, through your Son.
“Above all, we thank you that you are mighty. To you be glory for ever. Remember, Lord, your Church, to deliver her from all evil and to make her perfect in your love, and to gather from the four winds her that is sanctified into your kingdom which you did prepare for her; for yours is the power and the glory for ever. Let grace come, and let this world pass away. Hosanna to the God of David. If any is holy, let him come: if any is not holy, let him repent. Maranatha. Amen.’ — The Didache (adapted for modern usage).
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