On Sunday, Feb. 3, St. Catherine Orthodox Church in Hagerstown welcomed speaker John Rybicki, church historian and former faculty of philosophy and religion at George Mason University in Virginia.
After the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and a potluck luncheon, which included Greek and middle-eastern fare, Rybicki shared a PowerPoint presentation on the Didache.
The Didache (pronounced dee-da-keh) is the oldest writings that have survived on the teachings of the Christian faith. The document dates back to as early as 50 to 150 A.D., which predates the Gospels. The oldest full original copy that exists is in Greek and it was discovered in Constantinople in 1873.
The Didache was the basic instruction manual about Christian life that was used to prepare and welcome individuals for baptism and church membership.