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Which are used by the Æthiopian Christians.20362036    These were first published in French by Jo. Michael Wanslebius in his book De Ecclesia Alexandrina, Paris, 1677, p. 12; then in Latin, by Job Ludolfus, in his Commentar. ad historiam Æthiopicam, Frankfort, 1691, p. 333; and by William Whiston, in vol. iii. of his Primitive Christianity Revived, published in English at London, 1711, p. 543. He has also noted the passages in the Constitutions Apostolicæ, treating the same matters.

1. Of the holy faith of Jesus Christ.20372037    Constit. Apostol., lib. vi. ch. 11, etc.

2. Of bishops.20382038    Lib. vii. ch. 41.

3. Of prayers spoken on the ordination of bishops, and of the order of the Missa.20392039    Lib. vii. ch. 4, 5, 10. [The service of the faithful, Missa Fidelium, not the modern Mass. See Bingham, book xv. The Missa was an innocent word for the dismission of those not about to receive the Communion.  See Guettée, Exposition, etc., p. 433.]

4. Of the ordination of presbyters.

5. Of the ordination of deacons.

6. Of those who suffer persecution for the faith.20402040    Lib. viii. ch. 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 45.

7. Of the election of reader and sub-deacon.20412041    Lib. viii. ch. 21, 22.

8. Of the gift of healing.20422042    Lib. viii. ch. 1, 2.

9. Of the presbyter who abides in a place inconvenient for his office.20432043    Lib. viii. ch. 46, 32.

10. Of those who are converted to the Christian religion.

11. Of him who makes idols.20442044    Lib. viii. ch. 46, 32.

12. Various pursuits20452045    Studia. are enumerated, the followers of which are not to be admitted to the Christian religion until repentance is exhibited.20462046    Lib. viii. ch. 46, 32.

13. Of the place which the highest kings or princes shall occupy in the temple.20472047    Wanting.

14. That it is not meet for Christians to bear arms.20482048    Lib. viii. ch. 32.

15. Of works which are unlawful to Christians.20492049    Lib. viii. ch. 32.

16. Of the Christian who marries a slave-woman.20502050    Lib. viii. ch. 32.

17. Of the free woman.20512051    Lib. viii. ch. 32.

18. Of the midwife; and that the women ought to be separate from the men in prayer.20522052    Lib. ii. ch. 57.

19. Of the catechumen who suffers martyrdom before baptism.20532053    Lib. v. ch. 6.

20. Of the fast of the fourth and sixth holiday; and of Lent.20542054    Lib. v. ch. 13, 15.

21. That presbyters should assemble daily with the people in church.20552055    Lib. ii. ch. 36.

22. Of the week of the Jews’ passover; and of him who knows not passover (Easter).20562056    Lib. v. ch. 15, etc.

23. That every one be held to learn doctrine.20572057    Lib. vii. ch. 39, 40, 41.

24. Of the care of the bishop over the sick.20582058    Lib. iv. ch. 2.

25. Of him on whom the care of the sick is enjoined; and of the time at which prayers are to be made.20592059    Lib. iii. ch. 19, viii. ch. 34.

26. Of the time at which exhortations are to be heard.20602060    Lib. viii. ch. 32.

27. Of him who frequents the temple every day.20612061    Lib. ii. ch. 59.

28. That the faithful ought to eat nothing before the holy communion.20622062    Wanting.

25729. That care is to be well taken that nothing fall from the chalice to the ground.20632063    Wanting,

30. Of catechumens.20642064    Lib. vii. ch. 39, etc.

31. That a deacon may dispense the Eucharist to the people with permission of a bishop or presbyter.20652065    Lib. viii. ch. 28.

32. That widows and virgins ought to pray constantly.20662066    Lib. iii. ch. 6, 7, 13.

33. That commemoration should be made of the faithful dead every day, with the exception of the Lord’s day.20672067    Lib iv. ch. 14, viii. ch. 41–44.

34. Of the sober behaviour of the secular20682068    i.e., laymen. in church.20692069    Lib. ii. ch. 57.

35. That deacons may pronounce the benediction and thanksgiving at the love-feasts when a bishop is not present.20702070    Wanting.

36. Of the first-fruits of the earth, and of vows.20712071    Or offerings. Lib. ii. ch. 25.

37. When a bishop celebrates the holy communion (Synaxis),20722072    [Synaxis. Elucidation II.] the presbyters who stand by him should be clothed in white.20732073    Lib. vii. ch. 29, viii. 30, 31. (See the whole history of ecclesiastical antiquity, on this point, in the learned work of Wharton B. Marriott, Vestiarium Christianum, London, Rivingtons, 1868.]

38. That no one ought to sleep on the night of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.20742074    Lib. viii. ch. 12, v. ch. 19.

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