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There are possible references to evening celebrations of the Eucharist in the NT, but it seems that an early hour soon became the usual time. After the Reformation some Protestant Churches celebrated the Lord's Supper in the morning and evening indiscriminately. In the RC Church rules about the Eucharistic fast were relaxed during the Second World War and evening Masses were permitted in military establishments; they are now common in all churches. In the C of E celebrations of the Eucharist in the evening (introduced in 1852) were a mark of Low Churchmanship until the mid-20th cent., but are no longer so.

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