AQUARII, a name given to the Christians who substituted
water for wine in the Eucharist. They were not a sect, for we
find the practice widely in vogue at an early time, even among
the orthodox. In Greek they were called Hydroparastatae, or
those who offer water. Theodosius, in his persecuting edict of
382, classes them as a special sect with the Manicheans, who also
eschewed wine. See Eucharist.
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