Papacy and Ecumenism
‘’I CONFESS ONE BAPTISM…’’
By Protopresbyter George D. Metallinos, D. Th., Ph. D.
Dean of the University of Athens, School of Theology
By the Kollyvades and Constantine Oikonomos (A contribution to the historico-canonical evaluation of the problem of the validity of Western baptism)
Interpretation and Application Of Canon VII of the Second Ecumenical Council
Translated by: Priestmonk Seraphim
This is a translation and edited version, With additional material of the book in Greek by the same title,Ďěďëďăţ ĺí ÂÜđôéóěá, Which was published by the author in Athens in 1983.
First Printed by St. Paul’s Monastery, Holy Mountain, 1994
630 87 DAPHNE, Greece
CANON VII - of the Second Ecumenical Council,
Constantinople, 381 A.D.
On how heretics are to be received:
As for heretics who convert to Orthodoxy and join the portion of the saved, we receive them in accordance with the following procedure and custom: We receive Arians, and Macedonians, and Sabbatians, and Novatians who call themselves Catharoi and Aristeroi, and Tessareskaidekatitæ otherwise known as Tetraditæ, and Apollinarists, when they submit written statements, and anathematize every heresy that does not believe as the holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church of God believes, and are first sealed with holy Myron on the forehead, and the eyes, and the nose, and the mouth, and the ears; and in sealing them we say: ‘’Seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit.’’
Eunomians, on the other hand, who are baptized with one immersion, and Montanists who in this [City] are called Phrygians, and Sabellians who teach the son-fatherhood [of Christ], and who do other evil things as well; and all other heresies (for there are many hereabout, especially those hailing from the region of the Galatians), all of them that wish to join Orthodoxy we receive as pagans. And on the first day we make them Christians; on the second, catechumens. Then on the third day we exorcise them with the threefold blowing into their face and ears. And then we catechize them, and oblige them to spend sufficient time in the church and to listen to the Scriptures. And then we baptize them.
A. THE PRINCIPAL FIGURES
B. INTERPRETATION OF THE CANON
C. APPLICATION OF THE CANON
D. CRITICAL EVALUATION
APPENDIX 1. Holy Canons dealing with Baptism
Article published in English on: 14-9-2007.
Last Update: 9-4-2016.