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declared Excommunicate, and shall not be AbSolved, until he hath redeemed the said Christian, tho' he should cost him more than what he fold him for ; or until it shall be manifest to ihe Vicar of the Church, and to other Curates, and the whole People, that it cannot be done; in which case he shall not be Absolved until by way of Penance he has refunded the Money that he received, with which the Vicar and Church-wardens shall buy an Infidel, whom they shall Christen, great numbers of such being fold daily in Malabar ; and the Person so bought shall have his liberty, and shall be cemmitted to the care of some devout substantial Christian that will Educate him for God's fake. Moreover, the Synod in virtue of Obedience, deth prohibit all Christians to Sell any Boys or Girls, tho'they are not Baptized, to any Mahometan, Jew, or Heathen; it being certain, that such when sold to Infidels, will never come to the knowledge of the Faith ; tho' when it is necessary, and they are their lawful Slaves, they may sell them to other Christians : Whosoever Mall transgress herein, shall be severely punished, except the Person that was sold was Twenty Years of Age; and it is manifest to the Vicar, to whom he shall be carried before he is fold, that he refused to be Baptized...
THe Heathens of these Parts being so strange
1 ly addicted to Auguries, and Superstitions, as sometimes to kill their Children which are born on those days which they reckon to be Unlucky, imagining they must be miserable if they live, the Mothers, that they may not Murther them with their own hands, leaving them in Heaths, or at the bottom of some Tree, or in a Ditch, there to perish; wherefore the Synod doth command all the faithful Christians of this Bishoprick, That whereas living among such Heathens, and being their Neighbours, they cannot for the most part but know what pasies in their Houses, to be very watchful in this case; and whensoever they shall know of any Infants being thus exposed, or shall find them at any time in the Heaths, to carry them home to their Houses, and cherish them with Christian Charity, either Baptizing them themselves, or procuring it to be done; and if when they find them, they shall apprehend them to be near dying, notwithstanding they may know that their Parents will take it ill of them, who by thus exposing them have lost their dominion over them, they shall Baptize them immediately, whereby the Church will acquire a right in them, and as a Holy Mother, is glad to receive them; and if it should so happen that those by whom they are found, are not in a condition to breed them Q4..
up,they shall then carry them to the Vicar,and the other Curates of the Church, whom we command in the name of Christ, to call together the chief Men of the Parish, to take some course about the bringing up of the Child ; and if there is no well-disposed Person that will for the love of God, take the charge thereof upon him, they shall then procure a Nurse, and whatsoever else is necessary, if there can be no other way found, put of the Alms and Fabrick of the Church,
I that are left at the Gates of the Churches, or in any other place, if it does not manifestly appear that they are already Christned, shall be Eaptized, and shall be brought up in the same manner as is prescribed for the Children of Infidels that are found exposed in the Heaths, the Vicars doing all they can to prevail with some to undertake the charge of their Education for God's sake.
ALL that shall be converted from Heathe.
A nisin to Christianity, being of Age, shall be well instructed in the matters of Faith, before they shall be admitted to Baptism, and shall know at least how to Cross themselves, and be able to say the Pater Noster, Ave Mary, the
Creed, and the Commandments, as well as they can be taught ; in which Matter there has been hitherto a great Neglect, commanding the Vicars to examine all such in the Faith before they Christen them, without they should happen to be in danger of Death before they have learn'd those things; in which case their making a profession of Faith, and the necessary Mysteries thereof, and signifying a desire to be Baptized, shall be sufficient: And whereas the Synod is inform'd, that great numbers of Infidels living among Christians, have long desired Baptism of them, but through the coldness of Priests and others, have had none that would be at the pains to instruct them, it doth therefore charge the Consciences of the Vicars therewith, speedily to set about instructing such, according to the fervour of those that desire it, that so they may be brought to the Sacred Font of Baptism, defiring all other Christians likewise to be diligent and zealous in
THe Holy Oils having hitherto not been used
in this Bishoprick in any of the Sacraments, and if any have been used, it having been with out any distinction, and without being Blessed by the Bishop'; wherefore for remedy thereof, the most Illustrious Metropolitan, in his Reformation of the Affairs of this Church, having on the Thursday of the last Holy Week blessed the Oils, and furnished all the Churches therewith, instructing them in their Holy Uses and Distinctions; the Synod doth therefore command all Vicars in virtue of holy obedience to use the said Oils in Baptism, Anointing all that are Baptized therewith on the Breast, and the Sides, and after they are Baptized, anointing them with the Holy Chrism on the Head, and making the sign of the Cross thereon with their Thumb dipt in the Holy Oils, or with a Feather kept in the Vefiel for that use, wiping the Oil off afterwards with a Cloth or Towel, which shall likewise be kept in the same place : The Synod doth also command under the same Precept, That all Cu. rates and Vicars do celebrate this Sacrament, with the Rites and Ceremonies, Exorcisms and Prayers, that are contained in the Roman Cere. monial; which the most Illustrious Metropolitan has order'd to be Translated into Syrian for the administration of all the Sacraments, and is to be kept in all Churches ; and that the Priests when they administer Baptism solemnly in the Church, shall have on a Surplice, and a Stole about their Necks, for the more decent administration of that Sacrament, and shall not perform it in their ordinary wearing Habit, as they have done hitherto.