Andrew Messmer (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor at Facultad
Internacional de Teología IBSTE (Spain) and Affiliated Researcher
at Evangelical Theological Faculty (Belgium)
Abstract: Recent studies on early Christian gatherings have demonstrated convincingly that the Greco-Roman banquet was the context in which Christians gathered for their meetings. What has not been provided, however, is a comprehensive discussion of what Christians did during said gatherings, and in what order they did it. This article attempts to discuss all known components of early Christian gatherings and to arrange them in their relative order.
Key terms: liturgy, early Christian gatherings, Greco-Roman banquet, meals