(Week 24 of the year: Monday)
IF THERE ARE SEPARATE FACTIONS AMONG YOU, IT IS NOT THE LORD’S SUPPER YOU ARE EATING.
Now this I ordain: not praising you, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse.
But first of all I hear when you come together in the church, there are schisms among you; and in part I believe it.
For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved, may be made manifest among you.
When you come therefore together into one place, it is not now to eat the Lord’s supper.
For every one taketh before his own supper to eat. And one indeed is hungry and another is drunk.
What, have you not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God; and put them to shame that have not? What shall I say to you? Do I praise you? In this I praise you not.
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread,
And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.
In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.
Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.