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THE

DEFINITIONS OF FAITH,

AND

CANONS OF DISCIPLINE,

OF THE

SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS,

WITH THE

REMAINING CANONS

OF THE CODE OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH.

TRANSLATED, WITH NOTES.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

THE APOSTOLICAL CANONS.

BY THE

REV. WILLIAM ANDREW HAMMOND, M.A.

OF CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD.

OXFORD,
JOHN HENRY PARKER;
RIVINGTONS, LONDON-

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PREFACE.

At a time like the present, when a regard for Church principles is happily reviving amongst us, and leading many of the Laity as well as the Clergy to interest themselves in the study of Christian antiquities, it seems desirable to present to English readers the most important documents of the Ancient Church in their own language, and with such annotations as may be necessary for the understanding of the various matters contained in them.

The first place amongst these documents, both as regards interest and importance, is justly to be assigned to those which are contained in the present collection, and which come to us with the authority of the Universal Church, whilst it was still outwardly one and undivided. These documents are naturally to be divided into two classes ; the Definitions or Decrees respecting the faith established by the Ecumenical Councils, and the Canons of ecclesiastical discipline enacted or confirmed by them. As regards the former class of documents, they

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