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X. The members of the Church must not connect their children in marriage indiscriminately with heretics.
XI. Presbyteresses (rgeoßútides) as they are called, or female Presidents, are not to be appointed in the Church.
XII. Bishops are to be appointed to the ecclesiastical government by the judgment of the Metropolitans, and neighboring Bishops, having been long tried in relation to the faith, and in the dispensation of the correct word.
XIII. The multitude are not to make elections of those • who are to be appointed to the Sacerdotal order.
XIV. The holy things are not to be sent into other parishes at the feast of Easter by way of Eulogiæ(1).
XV. No persons but the Canonical singers who go up into the ambo and sing from a book should sing in the Church
XVI. The Gospels are to be read on the Sabbath with the other Scriptures.
XVII. The Psalms are not to be joined together in the assemblies, but a lesson is to be read between each Psalm.
XVIII. The same office of prayers should be always used both at Nones and Vespers (1).
XIX. After the sermons of the Bishops, the prayer for the Catechumens is to be made first by itself, and after the Catechumens are gone out, the prayer for the Penitents; and when these have passed under the hand [of the Bishop] and have retired, then the prayers of the faithful are to be made in three parts, the first with silence, and the second and third to be completed with acclamation; then the [Kiss of] Peace is to be given; and after the Presbyters have given the Peace to the Bishop, the Laity are then to give the Peace, and so the holy oblation is to be completed. And those only who belong to the Priesthood are to be allowed to enter into the Altar and communicate (1).
XX. A Deacon must not seat himself in the presence of a Presbyter, but sit down at the bidding of the Presbyter ; and the Deacons are to have the like respect paid to them by the Minister [i. e. the Subdeacon and all the Clerks.
XXI. The Ministers must not have any place in the Deacons' apartment, nor touch the sacred vessels.
XXII. A Minister must not wear an orarium (1), nor leave the doors.
XXIII. The Readers and Singers must not wear an orarium, and so read and sing.
XXIV. No one who belongs to the Priesthood from a Presbyter to a Deacon, and so downwards in the ecclesiastical order to Ministers, or Readers, or Singers, or Exorcists, or Door-keepers, or of the order of Ascetics, may go into a tavern.
XXV. A Minister must not give the bread, nor bless the Cup.'
XXVI. Those who have not been appointed by Bishops may not exorcise, neither in the Church, nor in private houses.
XXVII. No persons, whether they belong to the Priesthood, or Clergy, or Laity, if they are invited to a love feast, may take away their portions, because by this means reproach is cast upon the priestly order.
XXVIII. It is not permitted to make love feasts, as they are called, in the Lord's houses or in churches, or to eat or spread couches in the house of God.
XXIX. Christians must not judaize and rest on the Sabbath day, but work upon that day, and honor the Lord's day, and, if they can, rest upon it as Christians ;
but if they are discovered judaizing, let them be anathema from Christ.
XXX. None of the Priesthood, or Clergy, or Ascetics may wash in a bath with women, nor indeed any Christian, or Layman, for this is especially condemned amongst the heathen.
XXXI. It is not right to make marriages, or to give sons or daughters to every heretic, but rather to accept of them if they promise to become Christians.
XXXII. The eulogiæ of heretics are not to be received, for they are rather alogiæ [nonsensical things] than eulogiæ [blessings].
XXXIII. It is not right to pray with an heretic or schismatic.
XXXIV. No Christian may leave the Martyrs of Christ and go to false Martyrs, that is, to those of heretics, and those who have been reputed to have been heretics. For these are aliens from God. Let those therefore who go after them be Anathema.
XXXV. Christians must not leave the Church of God, and go and invocate Angels, or make assemblies, which things are forbidden. If then any one is discovered giving himself to this hidden idolatry, let him be Anathema, for he has forsaken our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and gone over to idolatry.
XXXVI. None of the Priesthood or Clergy may be magicians or enchanters, or mathematics, or astrologers, or make what are called phylacteries, which are in fact bonds for their own souls. And we command that they who wear such things be cast out of the Church.
XXXVII. It is not allowed to receive the portions of feasts which are sent by Jews or Heretics, or to feast with them.
XXXVIII. It is not allowed to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, or to partake of their impiety.
XXXIX. It is not allowed to feast with Heathen, or to partake of their ungodliness.
XL. Bishops who are summoned to a Synod must not disregard the summons, but go and teach or be taught for the reformation of the Church, and others. If however such a person should be guilty of contempt, he will condemn himself; unless indeed he fails to come from bodily infirmity.
XLI. None of the Priesthood or Clergy may travel without the orders of the Bishop.
XLII. None of the Priesthood or Clergy may travel without Canonical letters.
XLIII. The ministers may not, even for a short time, leave the doors, and attend to the prayer.
XLIV. Women must not enter into the Altar.
XLV. Persons are not to be received in order to illumination [baptism] after the second week in Lent(1).
XLVI. Those who are to be enlightened must learn the Creed, and on the fifth day of the week repeat it to the Bishop or Presbyters.
XLVII. Those who have received baptism in sickness and then have recovered must learn the Creed, and be made to know that they have been vouchsafed the Divine grace.
XLVIII. Those who are enlightened must after baptism be anointed with the heavenly chrism, and partake of the kingdom of God.
XLIX. There must not be any oblation of bread during Lent, excepting on the Sabbath and Lord's day only (1).
L. The fast is not to be broken on the fifth day of the last week in Lent, and the whole Lent thus dishonor
ed, but the whole Lent must be fasted by eating only dry meats.
LI. The nativities of Martyrs are not to be kept in Lent, but remembrances of the holy Martyrs are to be made on the Sabbaths and Lord's days.
LII. Marriages or birthdays are not to be celebrated in Lent.
LIII. Christians when they go to a wedding must not join in dancing, but modestly sup and dine as becomes Christians.
LIV. Those of the Priesthood or Clergy must not witness the shows at weddings, but before the Players enter they must rise up and depart.
LV. None of the Priesthood or Clergy may club together for drinking parties, nor indeed the Laity.
LVI. The Presbyters must not enter into the sanctuary and sit down before the Bishop enters, but go in after the Bishop; unless indeed the Bishop be ill or absent.
LVII. Bishops must not be appointed in villages and country districts, but visitors ; those who have been heretofore appointed must do nothing without the consent of the Bishop of the City. In like manner also the Presbyters must do nothing without the consent of the Bishop.
LVIII. The oblation must not be made by Bishops or Presbyters in private houses.
LIX. Private Psalms must not be read in the Church, nor any books not on the Canon, but only the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments.
LX. These are the books which are to be read of the Old Testament. Genesis, Exodus, that is the going out of Egypt, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Jesus the son of Naue, Judges, Ruth, Esther, the 1st, 2d, 3d, and