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In the beginning Christians worshipped along with Jews in synagogues and in private houses.

After the separation of Jews and Christians the latter continued to worship in people's houses, known as house churches.

From the first to the early fourth centuries most Christian communities worshipped in private homes, often secretly.

Some Roman churches, such as the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, are built directly over the houses where early Christians worshipped.

The books of the Holy Scriptures were found, and they were committed to the flames; the utensils and furniture of the church were abandoned to pillage: all was rapine, confusion, tumult.