Early Christian charm found in Manchester library

A 6th century papyrus, identified as an early Christian charm, has been discovered among the documents in the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library. The charm is considered "the earliest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy - which outlines the Last Supper - as a protective charm."

The amulet shows that Christians, 300 years after Constantine, had adopted the Egyptian practice of wearing amulets containing scripture to ward off danger. The document was acquired by the library in 1901 but its significance had not been realized. The full text of the charm is online.