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agreeing very well with that glorious Apostle, who first taught the Faith in these parts, and not to that false Heretick.

Furtherniore, in the first Verse of the Blesfing of the Solemn Days, where it is said of the Divine Word, Qui factus est homo, da operuit Speciem fuam in filio hominis, for fear of the Nestorian Doctrine it shall be faid, Qui factus est homo, & operuit Divinitatem suam humilitate no. ftrâ; and a little lower where it is said, Benedic Ecclefiam tuam que patitur, & in ovili pessimi Demonis ecce comprehenditur, it shall be faid, Que patitur infestationes a teslimo Dæmone, libera illam, &c. for the Catholick Church tho it be infested and persecuted by the Devil, is not held nor overcome by him, our Saviour having pro- • mised, that all the Powers of Hell Mall never prevail against her. And afterwards where it is said, Benedic dextrâ tuâ, Christe,congregationem hanc, it shall be faid, Benedic dextrâ tuâ, Jesu Christe, &c. and in the same Blessing, where it is said, Salva Re. ges nostros & Duces nostros, it shall be said, Salva Reges nostros & Duces nostros Catholicos, all the Kings and Princes of this Church being Infidels, and so ought not to be prayed for in the publick Prayers of the Mass; and a little after, where it is said, Sicut decet coram ipfo Jefu Salva. tore, it shall be said, Coram ipso Jesi Deo Salva. tore, because of the Nestorian error; and in the last Verse but one of that Blessing, where it is said, Qui comedit corpus meum a bibit ex fanguine meo Sanctificante liberabitur ab inferno per me, the


words of Christ, Habet vitam æternam, shall be used instead of Liberabitur ab inferno; and in the end of the third Blessing, where it is said, Gloria illi ex omni ore Jesu Domino, it shall be said, Jesu Domino Deo, because the Nestorians do impioully affirm, That the name of Jesus is the name of a humane Person, and does not agree to God.

All the above-inentioned particular the Synod doth command to be Corrected, as is here ordered. with such caution as is neceflàry in these Matters, wherein the cursed Neftorian Hereticks have sown so many Errors.

Decree II.

U Hereas in the Missals of this Diocess there · VV are some Masses that were made by Nestorius, others by Theodorus, and others by Diodorus, their Master, which are appointed to be said on some certain days, and which, carrying those Names in their Titles, are full of Errors and Heresies; the Synod doth command all such Maf. fes, entire as they are, to be taken out, and burnt, and in virtue of Obedience, and upon pain of Excommunication Late Sententia, doth prohibit all Priests from henceforward to presume to use them, ordering them to be torthwith cut out of their Books, and at the next Visitation to be delivered by them to the most Illustrious Metropolitan, or to such as he shall appoint to correct their Books, that so these Maffes may be burnt.

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W Hereas in the Masses of this Bishoprick, there

W is an impious sacrilegious Ceremony, which is the Priests, after having dipt that part of the Host, after his having divided it, which he holds in his right hand, and has made the sign of the Cross upon the other part that is upon the Patin, opening this latter part that was upon the Patin with the Nail of his right Thumb, to the end, according to their Opinion, that the Blood may penetrate the Body, that so the Blood and Body may be joyned together, which is ignorantly done in allusion to the Heresie of Nestorius, or of his Followers, who do impiously affirm, That under the Element of Bread is only the Body of Christ without Blood, and under the Element of Wine the Blood without the Body: Wherefore the Synod doth command in virtue of Holy Obedience, and upon pain of Excommunication to be Ipfo facto incurred, that no Priest presume to use any such Ceremony, and that they throw it out of their Masses, for that besides it alludes to the forementioned Heresie, it contains a great ignorance in supposing that the Species can penetrate the Body and Blood of Christ.


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Orasmuch as the Syrian Mass is too long F for Priests that have a mind to celebrate daily, the Synod doth grant License for the transating of the Roman Mass into Syrian, defiring the Reverend Father Francisco Roz, of the Society of Jesus to undertake the Work, which Mafs together with all the Roman Ceremonies the Priest may say on particular Occasions, but the solemn and sung Masses of the day shall be always the Syrian, as they shall be emended by the most Reverend Metropolitan: and such Priests as are able to say Masses both in Latin and Syrian in the Churches of other Diocesses, may say it in Latin, but not in this Bishoprick, in which to avoid confusion, it shall be laid only in Syriai, Wherefore the Synod desires the Bishops of those parts to give License, that the Priests of this Diocess, having Letters dimissory from their Prelate, that do not know how to say Mass in Latin, may be permitted to say the Syrian Mass in their Churches, or at least the Roman translated with all its Ceremonies into Syrian; the Schism which this Church has been in, being now thorow the goodness of God removed, entreating the most TUustrious Metropolitan, the President of this Sy. nod, that he would be pleased to present this Petition in behalf of the Priests of this Diocess to the first Provincial Council that shall be cele

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brated in the Province, that so if the Fathers shall think fit, it may pass into a Decree.

Decree v.

IT 7 Hereas the Power of handling the Holy VV Vessels is given particularly to the order of the Subdeacon, this Synod doth command that from henceforward if the Minister that aslists at the Mass be not a Subdeacon, that the Priest shall not put the Patin into his hand, when he is ordered by the Syrian Mass to do it, such a one having no Authority to touch it; but he may lay his hand only on the stone or wood of the Altar, so as not to touch the Patin, which is according to the Rubrick of the Missal, which supposes the Person that assists at the Mass to be, a Deacon, ordering expresly that the Priest shall put the Patin into the hand of the Deacon.

Decree VI.

W Hereas the Stole that is thrown over the

W Shoulders is the particular Badge of the Order of Deacon, it is not lawful therefore for any Person that has not taken the said Order, to use the Stole in the Church with any publick Ceremony; and whereas hitherto all of the Clergy that have assisted at Mass, thoʻbut in inferior Orders, or without them, have wore the said Stole over their shoulders, no less than the Deacons, contrary to the Ceremoniale, which supposeth him


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