Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Laodicea - Canon 1

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Canons of the Synod of Laodicea

It is right, according to the ecclesiastical Canon, that the Communion should by indulgence be given to those who have freely and lawfully joined in second marriages, not having previously made a secret marriage; after a short space, which is to be spent by them in prayer and fasting.

While penance (here by prayer and fasting) was mentioned at Nicaea and Neocaesarea for a second marriage after losing a spouse, never did the councils expressly forbid such marriages.  If a couple entered into such a marriage, they were to be accepted to full fellowship at some point.

Convened at Laodiea in Phrygia Pacatiana (ca. 365).  See NPNF2 14:124.

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