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shall say Mass, tho' under an Obligation to do it, without having first confessed themselves : But besides, that such when under any scruple are obliged to confess, for the greater purity of their Souls, tho’under no scruple the Synod com-mands all Priests to confess at least once a week.

Decree IX.

THe Synod doth furthermore command all 1 Deacons and Sub-Deacons, that Minister solemnly in the solemn Maffes on Sundays and Saints-days, to receive the most Holy Sacrament at those times, and on the Festivity of our Lord Christ, our Lady, and the Holy Apostles, all the Chamazes, or Clergy that are in the Church ; of which the Vicars ought to take special care, and the Prelate in his Visitations is to make diligent Inquiry, how these things are observed.'

The Do&trine of the Holy Sacrifice of the

Mass.

THe great Love of God to Mankind, does

not only appear in the Institution of the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, and in the putting of his Divine Body and Blood under the Sacramental Species, to be the heavenly Food of our Souls, by which the Spiritual Life is maintained and preserved, but in his having likewise Co instituted it, that the Catholick Church Mili. tant might have a perpetual and visible Sacrifice for the purging away of our sins, and for turning the Wrath of our Heavenly Father, who is many times offended with cur wickedness into Mercy, and the rigour of his just punishment into Clemency : So in the Mass there is offered unto God a true and proper Sacrifice, for the pardon both of the Living and of the Dead, by the offering of the which Sacrifice the Lord is so far appeased as to give Grace, and the Gift of Repentance to Sinners, and by means thereof does forgive Men their Sins and Otiences, tho' never so enormous ; the Host that is offered by the Ministry of the Priest on the Altar of the Church, being one and the same that was offered for us on the Cross, with no other difference besides that of the reason of their being offered: And so it is not only offered for the Sins, Punishments, Satisfactions, and other Neceflicies of the Faithful that are Living, but also for the Dead, departed in Christ, and that are in the Torments of Purgatory, being not as yet fully purged by reason of their not having made a compleat satisfaction for the punishments due to their fins, it being but just and reasonable, that all should be benefited by a Sacrifice, which was instituted for the Remedy and Health of all Mankind; which Oblation is of

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the Offerers is able to defile it': so that as to the substance, value, and acceptation, it is the same when offered by a wicked and unclean finner, as when by a pure and holy Priest, because it

does

does not derive its Dignity from the Offerer, but from the Majesty and excellency of what is offered, neither does the Eternal Father accept thereof for the Merits and Vertue of the Priest that offers it, but for the value of the Sacrifice it self, and the infinite Merits of Christ, who is offered therein; so that our Saviour being about to offer himself to God the Father on the Altar of the Cross, could not possibly have given us a greater expression of his immense Love for us, than by leaving us this visible Sacrifice in his Church, in which the Blood which was presently to be once offered upon the Altar of the Cross, was to be renewed every day upon the Altar of the Church, and the Memory thereof to our great profit, was to be adored every where in the Church until the end of the World ; which Divine Sacrifice is offered to God only, notwithstanding it is fometimes celebrated in Memory and Honour of the Martyrs, and other Saints in Bliss ; it not being offered to them but to God only, who has been pleased to Crown them with Immortal Honour, rendring him thereby our bonnden thanks for the notable Victory of the Martyrs, and the publick Mercies and Blessings he has vouchsafed to other Saints, and for the Victories which by these means they obtained over the World, the Flesh, and the Devil; beseeching the said Saints to be pleased to intercede for us in Heaven, whose Memories we celebrate on Earth: and tho' the Divine Eucharist does still continue to be a Sacrament, yet it is never a Sacrifice, but as it is offered in the Massa

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Decree 1.

Orasmuch as it is of great moment, that all F things belonging to the Sacrifice of the Mass, should be preserv'd pure and undefiled, and where

the Obedience of the Holy Roman Church, the Mistress of all the other Churches, and from whence all good Government and true Doctrines do come, all the Bishops that came hither from Babylon having been Schismaticks and Nestorian Hereticks, who have added to, and taken from the Mass at their pleasure without any order; from whence it has come to pass, that several things are foisted into the Syrian Mass which is said in this Diocess, without any consideration, and such things too as may give occasion to many Impious and Heretical Errors:. For which, if due Order were observed, all the Missals of this Bishoprick ought to be burned, as also for their having been of Neforian use, and compiled by Nestorian Hereticks; but being there are no other at present, they are tolerated, until such time as our Lord the Pope shall take some Order therein, and there

* 1200 Pears.] It would to the Pope ar the Council of Trent, puzzle chem co prove that chey was; which Facher Paul cells us had ever been at any time under made a mighcy noise in the World, her obedience; however this shows the Court of Rome boasting therewhat a Cheat that submission of upon, that the Pope had goc the Patriarch of Babylon, in his own more new Subje&s by chat submisname, and in the name of all the fon, than he had lost by the ReChurches that were subject co him, formarion.

Thall does not derive its Dignity from the Offerer, but from the Majesty and excellency of what is offered, neither does the Eternal Father accept thereof for the Merits and Vertue of the Priest that offers it, but for the value of the Sacrifice it self, and the infinite Merits of Christ, who is offered thcrein; so that our Saviour being about to offer himself to God the Father on the Altar of the Cross, could not possibly have given us a greater expression of his immense Love for us, than by leaving us this visible Sacrifice in his Church, in which the Blood which was presently to be once offered upon the Altar of the Cross, was to be renewed every day upon the Altar of the Church, and the Memory thereof to our great profit, was to be adored every where in the Church until the end of the World; which Divine Sacrifice is offered to God only, notwithstanding it is fometimes celebrated in Memory and Honour of the Martyrs, and other Saints in Bliss ; it not being offered to them but to God only, who has been pleased to Crown them with Immortal Honour, rendring him thereby our bounden thanks for the notable Victory of the Martyrs, and the publick Mercies and Blessings he has vouchsafed to other Saints, and for the Victories which by these means they obtained over the World, the Flesh, and the Devil; beseeching the said Saints to be pleased to intercede for us in Heaven, whose Memories we celebrate on Earth: and tho' the Divine Eucharist does still continue to be a Sacrament, yet it is never a Sacrifice, but as it is offered in the Massa

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