Canon I. (1)
Let a bishop be ordained by two or three bishops.
Canon II. (2)
Let a presbyter, deacon, and the rest of the clergy, be ordained by one bishop.
Canon III. (3)
If any bishop or presbyter offer any other things at the altar, besides that which the Lord
ordained for the sacrifice, as honey, or milk, or strong-made drink instead of wine [fruit
of the vine] or birds, or any living things, or vegetables, excepting only new ears of corn,
and grapes at the suitable season besides that which is ordained, let him be deposed.
Neither is it allowed to bring anything else to the altar at the time of the holy oblation,
excepting oil for the lamps, and incense.
Canon IV. (4)
Let all other fruits* be sent home as first fruits for the bishops and presbyters, but not
offered at the altar. The bishops and presbyters should, of course, give a share of these
things to the deacons and the rest of the clergy.
*currency is included
Canon V. (5)
Let not a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, put away his wife under pretense of religion; but if
he put her away, let him be excommunicated; and if he persists, let him be deposed.
Canon VI. (6)
Let not a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, undertake worldly business; otherwise let him be
In order to stop the abuse the of clergy with the tithing's given by the faithful to the
Holy Church, the Holy Synod inspired by the Holy Ghost has decreed that no one will be
ordained until they first have a profession and are self supported. The funds of the Holy
Church will never be used to give the clergy an exuberant lifestyle.
It is permitted for a parish if willing to support the clergy in order for them to be full-
"Paul went to see them, and because he was a tent-maker as they were, he stayed and worked with
them" (Acts 18:3).
Canon VII. (7)
If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall celebrate the holy day of Easter (Pascha) before
the vernal equinox, with the Jews, let him be deposed.
The Holy Synod inspired by the Holy Ghost has decreed to remove the following (with
the Jews) because in the West the celebration of Pascha is based on the Gregorian
calendar where Pascha sometimes coincides with the Jewish celebration. Also the Holy
Church has discovered that this may lead to discrimination, violence and bigotry towards
the Jews and any form of bigotry is abhor by the Holy Church.
“25I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel
has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in (Rom 11:25).
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