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The Pontifical Enthronement of 1702

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The Pontifical Enthronement of 1702

 

5th of Sigismund’s End, 1702

 

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[!] The chirping of birds which saturated the cool, morning air of Carolustadt briefly paused as bells soon began to toll throughout the city. As many outside were alerted of a change by the tolling of the bells, the great doors of the Blessed Cathedral of Saint Adrian were cast open for all to see. [!]

 

 

Archbishop Caius stands beside the Pontiff-Elect; he then begins to recite the Prayer of Penitence:

 

"Almighty and most merciful Creator,

we have wandered and strayed from your ways

like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires

of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone those things

that we ought to have done;

and we have done those things

that we ought not to have done;

and there is no health in us.

But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us sinners.

Spare those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are penitent,

according to your promises declared to mankind

in Horen our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Creator, for his sake,

that we may live a disciplined, righteous and godly life,

to the glory of your holy name.

So say we all."

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

It is now when Theodoric of Markev, Archbishop of Rhodesia, is presented to the clergy, bearing an immaculate white frock and fresh laurels.

 

Archbishop Caius continues; “With the Lord Creator our witness and guide, it has been divined that the Most Reverend Elector-Archbishop, Theodoric of Markev, born Theodoric Andries Bracchus de Ruyter, has been willed to fulfill the seat of the Church Pontificate. Do you heed the call of Our Creator to bear this vocation?

 

“I do so believe.”

 

“You have been ordained in our church, your household names forsaken and your life devoted in sole service to the teachings of our Creator. The vows of your past vocations remain firm; now you must make the declaration of assent.”

 

Archbishop Caius then reads the Assent, preserved from a different time.

 

“The Church of Faithful is the One, Holy and Rightful Church of the Creator , worshiping the one true God, The Creator. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scrolls and set forth in the Faithful creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Light, it has borne witness to Faithful truth in its historic formulates, the Articles of Faith, The Book of Saints. In the declaration you are about to make, will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Horen to this generation and making Him known to those in your care?”

 

“I, Theodoric of Markev, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scrolls and set forth in the Faithful creeds and to which the historic formularies

of the Church of The Creator bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorized or allowed by Canon.” replies Theodoric.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Do you accept the Holy Scrolls as revealing all things necessary for eternal salvation through faith?

 

"I do so accept them."

 

"Will you be diligent in prayer, in reading Holy Scrolls, and in all studies that will deepen your faith and fit you to bear witness to the truth of the Word?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

"Will you lead your people in proclaiming the glorious Word of Horen, so that the good news of salvation may be heard in every place?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

"Will you teach the doctrine of Horen as the Church of Faith has received it, will you refute error, and will you hand on entire the faith that is entrusted to you?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

"Will you be faithful in ordaining and commissioning ministers of the Church?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

Will you be gentle and merciful for Horen’s sake to those who are in need,

and speak for those who have no other to speak for them?

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

"Will you endeavor to fashion your own life and that of your household according to the way of God and make your home a place of hospitality and welcome?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

"Will you work with your fellow servants in the Church for the sake of the kingdom of God?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

"Will you accept the discipline of this Church, exercising authority with justice, courtesy and love, and always holding before you the example of Horen?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

 

"Will you then, in the strength of the Holy Light, continually stir up the gift of God that is in you, that the good news of God may be proclaimed in all the Realm?"

 

"By the help of God, I will."

                                                                            

 

"Speak thus then the oath of the Pontificate, with the conclave and God as witness."

 

"I vow to change nothing of the received Tradition, and nothing thereof I have found before me guarded by my God-pleasing predecessors, to encroach upon, to alter, or to permit any innovation therein; To the contrary: with glowing affection as her truly faithful student and successor, to safeguard reverently the passed-on good, with my whole strength and utmost effort;

 

To cleanse all that is in contradiction to the canonical order, should such appear; to guard the Holy Canons and Decrees of our Saints and Pontiffs as if they were the divine ordinance of Heaven, because I am conscious of Thee, whose place I take through the Grace of God, whose Vicarship I possess with Thy support, being subject to severest accounting before Thy Divine Tribunal over all that I shall confess;

 

I swear to God Almighty and the Favored son Horen that I will keep whatever has been revealed through Horen and His Successors and whatever the Saints and my predecessors have defined and declared.

 

I will keep without sacrifice to itself the discipline and the rite of the Church. I will put outside the Church whoever dares to go against this oath, may it be somebody else or I.

 

If I should undertake to act in anything of contrary sense, or should permit that it will be executed, Thou willst not be merciful to me on the dreadful Day of Divine Justice.

 

Accordingly, without exclusion, We subject to severest excommunication anyone -- be it Ourselves or be it another -- who would dare to undertake anything new in contradiction to this constituted Tradition and the purity of the Faith and the Faithful religion, or would seek to change anything by his opposing efforts, or would agree with those who undertake such a blasphemous venture."

 

As his oath come to close, Caius washes the face of Theodoric and anoints his forehead with scented oils.

 

"Cleansed of worldly taint, you are reborn in the Creator's vision. Your heart blessed in the eternal compassion and truth of Horen; your soul aflame with the benevolent justice and fervor of Owyn; your body awash with the incredulous miracles and charisma of Godfrey; your mind attuned to the unworldly wisdom and vigor of Siegmund."

 

 

Caius then garbs Theodoric in the pontifical cloth, and bestows the pontifical laurels.

 

 

"By this you are known to all as preserver of truths and lord spiritual."

 

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"I announce a great Blessing; we have a new Pontiff!"

The Most Eminent and Most Reverend Theodoric Andries Bracchus de Ruyter, High Pontiff of the Canonist Faith who takes to himself the name:

 

Pontian the Second

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