Father, let your Holy Spirit come upon us, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us day by day our bread for the coming day. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.
Ancient Marcionite Church in Syria Discovered with Dated Inscription
The inscription is dated 318 A.D. and reads "The Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Good" and is the earliest mention of Jesus in recorded history (Le Bas and Waddington, Inscriptions, No. 2558, vol. iii. p. 583) and more ancient than any dated inscription belonging to a Catholic church.
Marcion Presents the First Christian Bible to the Apostle John After Founding Church
Marcion (left), with the Apostle John, to whom he "brought scriptures from the Pontic brethren..." (10th century miniature from the archives of the Cathedral St. Bravo in Ghent).
The Very First Bible and Marcionism Survive Erasure from History Thanks to Enemies
It is no small irony that all traces of the first bible, and indeed Marcionism itself, weren't erased after centuries of suppression because of the ferocity and numbers of attacks chronicled by its enemies. Justin, Irenaeus, Clement, Tertullian, Hyppolytus, Origen, and others all denounced Marcion in writing - ensuring the truth would endure.