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Pliny the Second, concerning the Christians

The whole account they gave of their crime or error (whichever it is to be called) amounted only to this—viz. that they were accustomed on a stated day to meet before daylight, and to repeat together a set form of prayer to Christ as a God, and to bind themselves by an obligation—not indeed to commit wickedness; but, on the contrary—never to commit theft, robbery, or adultery, never to falsify their word, never to defraud any man: after which it was their custom to separate, and reassemble to partake in common of a harmless meal.

Pliny the Second, writing to Trajan, emperor of Rome, concerning the Christians’ weekly ritual, via Fox’s Book of Martyr’s, ch. 2

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