Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The problem is there is almoust zero evidence of the sacramental essence of the Eucharist in the 1st century.I know of none.. In another site some Orthodox told me that the Lord's Supper was a meal of love, where everybody brought food and drink and ate them together.
Again, that is simply not true. I don't not have the available research at this moment, and surely in time just because of this thread I will make the compilation of relevant patristics, but be sure that there is a plethora of evidence from multiple primary sources in the 1st and 2nd century to describe both the Liturgical process and also the theological implications of the Holy Communion. Holy Communion is by no means later addition to the Church, it has been the foundation of Christianity since that very first Holy Thursday of Its' institution. Further, it has always been liturgical, surely I would even dare to say that when Our Lord first broke that Bread and poured that Wine, He also did it liturgically as do we continue to this day. Again, to suggest otherwise is really an anachronism
applying more than likely current Protestant thinking onto the early Church, when there is no need, Orthodox is a continuity
not a throwback or a revival. The way we do it is the way we did it, which is why we chant, "As it was then, is now, and shall be forever unto the endless Ages of all Ages"
at Divine Liturgy.
I would think it a bit irreverent to suppose that the Holy Communion was merely a specially commemorative meal shared by the Church which was later institutionalized Sacramentally, that is contrary to many other aspects of the Apostolic Succession and the Holy Tradition. It is better to assume things are the same as ever and will be the same as ever, otherwise fundamental flaws arise in the theology underlying the Sacramentality of the Mysteries themselves.
The Eucharistic prayers are Jewish in character and attest to the Didache being composed and used by very early Jewish Christians.
Yes, we discussed this before, this is the precise evidence to the Liturgical aspects of the 1st century Church, because it was an evolution of the preceding Jewish liturgies which for a thousand years previously had formalized, chanted, and serious rather than casual, recited, and loosely organized like some of the more Protestant conceptions of the early Church. We know from plenty of evidence that the early Church was as strictly organized, institutional, and Sacramental as it is today and always has been in perpetuity. If folks do not trust our own internal evidence, that is really a matter of their own skepticism, but I can tell you not just as a believer but as a teacher trained in profession/academic historical research, that our primary source material is reliable, including the Didache.