RE: When did the Church appear?
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It's a good idea not to get tangled up in words.The Church is the Body of Christ, its mission began on the day of Pentecost, Our Lord instigated baptism when he received the baptism of repentance from Jophn the Baptist, not because He needed to repent, but in order to bless the waters for all future acts of baptism. Obviously Church rites have developed over the centuries, but they all stem from the very beginning. In the Syriac Orthodox Church it is Tradition that the Liturgy of St James was delivered by Our Lord Jesus Christ to his kinsman James during one of His reusrrection appearances.