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  1. The Chief Lawyer of the Durant Company yawns, still expecting the Imperial Auditor to speak with the Emperor as he promised to do. Apparently the Auditor had enough time to compile a report, but not enough time to notify the Emperor of a simple matter. The Chief Lawyer will remember this...
  2. Everard V and Zachery, along with Humpfrey, all met up and grabbed a pint in the Skies.
  3. QUARTUS TAURUM AUREUS SANCTUS JORENUS SECOND GOLDEN BULL OF JORENUS 7th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1718 His Holiness Everard the Fifth, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Metropolitan of Judeburg, Successor to the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin and Svatum, High Servant to the Exalteds’ Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD doth decree… TABLE OF CONTENTS: SECTION I - DIOCESAN RECONSTRUCTION SECTION II - SYNOD APPOINTMENTS SECTION III - ECCLESIASTICAL APPOINTMENTS SECTION IV - BEATIFICATION SECTION V - CANONIZATION SECTION VI - REAFFIRMATION OF VOWS, AND CHANGES TO THE OATHS SECTION VII - A FORMAL APPRECIATION SECTION I - DIOCESAN RECONSTRUCTION As the Church continues its leal service to the continent of Arcas, the following changes have been established. THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JORENUS - Encompassing the Kingdom of Haense and its respective lands and minor vassals. Administered by HIS EMINENCE, ZACHERY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF VILLAVIA - Encompassing the Duchy of Adria and its respective lands. Administered by HIS EMINENCE, LOCHLAN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CURONIA - Encompassing the Kingdom of Curon and its respective lands and minor vassals. Administered by HIS GRACE, ERNST SECTION II - SYNOD APPOINTMENTS The following elevations to the Synod have been made and are held as such. TETRARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EMINENCE, ZACHERY TETRARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EMINENCE, ERNST TETRARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EMINENCE, LOCHLAN TETRARCH OF THE CANON; HIS HOLINESS, PONTIAN II The Tetrarchy is appointed and authorized with the governance of the Church through the will of HIS HOLINESS,EVERARD V SECTION III - ECCLESIASTICAL APPOINTMENTS To bolster the Curia of The Most Holy Mother Canonist Church upon the continent of Arcas, the following appointments are reaffirmed and reconfirmed. VICE-CHANCELLOR - HIS EMINENCE, ZACHERY PONTIFICAL SECRETARY - HIS EMINENCE, ERNST PONTIFICAL CHAPLAIN - HIS HOLINESS, PONTIAN II APOSTOLIC LEGATE - HIS EMINENCE, LOCHLAN SECTION IV - BEATIFICATION We the Pontificate, by our Apostolic authority and jurisdiction, does hereby recognize the following additions to the communion of those beautified for their extraordinary model of piety and glory to the Holy Mother Church: His Majesty Otto II Georg shall be styled as Blessed Otto II Georg for his piety in leading a religious crusade to free the realms of Axios from the pagan Red Faith, as well as his generosity and benevolence towards the clergy within the Kingdom of Haense. He died in 1644 from an illness. He was surrounded by family, and his hands remained in deep prayer even as his soul left him to GOD’s kingdom of the Skies. SECTION V - CANONIZATION We the Pontificate, by our Apostolic Authority does grant approbation for the following sanctifications to the communion of saints for their extraordinary models of piety and glory to the Church of the Canon: Blessed Brother Robert shall be stylized as Saint Robert the Fat, for his complete and utter dedication to the Church, securing the stability of the church by serving in multiple schismatic wars, for attempting to bring the Holy Word to the cursed city of Devirad, for saving a high pontiff from multiple assassination attempts, and for establishing the holy Isle of Rhodesia. Declared the Patron Saint of The Holy, he shall be represented by a chicken leg. Blessed Judith of Markev shall be stylized as Saint Judith of Markev, for her unwavering service in the face of uncertainty during the First Renatian aggression. Declared the Patron Saint of Wayward Women, she shall be represented by a cowl. SECTION VI - REAFFIRMATION OF VOWS, AND CHANGES TO THE OATHS As the continent is wracked with war, times have begun to change in ways that we, the pontificate, must meet with a fervent and holy openness. Further reading of the scripture has enlightened this ecclesiarchy to new textual information that would otherwise no longer support current structures and actions within the church, and thusly we must respond accordingly. The oaths that all members of the clergy must take guarantees a vow of chastity, specifically designed to prevent papal lineage from diluting the moral standpoint that the Church must always take in times of strife. However, it is understood by this pontifical administration that the responsibility and role of the church (save for a very specific set of clergy members) is to integrate within the population, and to bring the word of GOD not just from a dias, above the rest of GOD’s flock. Rather, it is of the utmost importance that the people of His flock see us no differently than themselves. For we are all human, and thusly we all share the same responsibility of maintaining His Word. As such, we must revise our understanding of the oaths that we all must take, no longer requiring chastity to be a vow maintained by our clergymen. However, there are some stipulations to this that I shall lay out below. Clergymen, while still members of the communities they serve, must maintain the highest moral and religious discipline that they can, and therefore the standard of following Canon Law is different. There shall be no unchaste acts outside of marriage. Should a member of the clergy be discovered to have laid with a woman outside of wedlock, they shall be summarily punished and discharged from the Holy Mother Church. Upon the birth of a child that has come from the marriage between a clergyman and a member of their community, that child is no longer able to enter the clergy for as long as their parent maintains their position within the clergy. This is to prevent nepotism, which is a barrier to true spiritual enlightenment and would not only condemn the clergymen to the void, but also their child for so willingly receiving special treatment. A clergyman may wish to retain their vow of chastity, though all current members of the clergy have hereby reaffirmed their vows to the Canon, and are now allowed to engage in courtship so long as the relationship remains pure until their marriage. SECTION VII - A FORMAL APPRECIATION I have left this section here to properly thank all men and women of the Holy Orenian Empire, who so willingly lay down their lives and fight not only for the good of man, but according to GOD’s will. The piety of the citizenry has been shown time and time again, in away that not only fills my heart with a deep pride, but also satisfies GOD’s Will as outlined in His Scripture. I say to all who are currently in strife, all who are currently situated in positions where they must carry a sword, to stay strong and true as they have done for these long months of combat. You are enacting the Will of GOD, and your toil shall be heavily rewarded upon your entry to the Skies. This is GOD’s gift to all of the holy, those who would so willingly lay down their lives in His Service. So I say to you all: thank you, and thank you again. I thank the man in the field, who tends to his land that he may feed true Orenian soldiers. I thank the woman at home, who tends to her children, maintaining a grace and dignity to her kin that can only be found within the spirit of womanhood. I thank the soldiers, both male and female, who crawl through the dirt, their armor smeared with gore and mud. We all are playing our part in bringing about a much grander vision that could not be achieved without the divine intervention of GOD Himself. Rejoice dear flock, for GOD has heard our troubles, and He shall ensure our victory. ☩ IN NOMINE PATRIS, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen. ☩ REJOICE! GOD’S FAITHFUL TOIL NO LONGER. Deus Caritas Est
  4. A Reponse to Yurii 14th of Harren’s Folly Dearest members of my flock, I offer you my sincerest apologies for the rambled ravings of the monk under my care, Yurii of Haense, who without a doubt would prefer his former pontifical name of Siegmund I. Tragically, his advanced age has made him radically senile, incapable of understanding events in chronological order, and therefore has become so prideful that he dares to challenge the sacred traditions of the Holy Mother church that have withstood since its establishment with His Exalted Horen. We shall start from the beginning, and attempt to dissect and understand the poor invalid’s argument in an effort to properly realize his supposed grievances. He declares myself an Anti-Pontiff. This is an unfortunate and ignorant understanding of the events as they have occurred, and allow me to explain. Yurii’s thought process stems from a mistake that he had made during his Pontificate. For you see, a child of the Emperor Aurelius Horen had charges of murder against a member of the church brought upon him. Now, the Horen obviously did every effort he could to defend his child, and as such no punishment was brought upon him. This did not sit well with Yurii, who instead opted to excommunicate the boy. Now as we are all aware, the entire Pertinaxi line has been declared anathema by myself, so I do not blame him for utilizing his right as Pontiff at the time. However, the problem stemmed from the fact that he did not discuss this with his synod, and instead allowed the punishment that should have been served unto him brought upon the church as a whole. This was not an action done in solidarity with the agreement of his bishops, but a wanton, angry response to a situation where he was unable to be taken seriously in a matter that he deemed adequate. In short, his behavior was childish. Indeed it was so, for the only evidence of such actions were the testimony of a single person: a pagan of Rosenyr. And so, Aurelius had decided it was his authority to remove him. He declared himself a holder of divine knowledge (a choice of words that are still being discussed within the pontifical administration today, but is nevertheless declared heretical hence his excommunication), and pressured the church into removing Yurii. However, this is something that cannot be stressed enough, the bishopric decided that it was time to remove Yurii. Had they felt confident in their pontiff’s ability to keep them safe, they would have ignored the call. Aurelius’ heresy was simply a convenient way for them to remove Yurii. If you disagree with me, you can speak to Pontiff Emeritus Pontian II, who was one of the bishops that voted to remove Yurii. And, might I add, it was a unanimous and public vote that all throughout the realms of man were able to attend. The result was not to excommunicate him, nor remove him from the clergy. Rather, he was stripped of pontifical titles and relegated to the task of monkhood. And now we know the history of the affair, and why my poor monk is acting so childish. Let us assume that he truly believes that I am the Anti-Pontiff. This would mean that the synod that voted me in would be unable to be legitimate, and the synod before, and so on and so forth. This creates an error in logic, for Yurii has decided, then, that every pontifical crowning of every Horen after Aurelius are declared null and void. He does not recognize the child emperor, then, and yet listens to their every word in an effort to regain the power that he once held as the Vicar of GOD. Yurii continues then, after this, to argue for the actions of a priest. More importantly, he states that I personally besmirch the holy name of Everard. Well, I can see why to a man who has thrown away with all longstanding tradition would think so: it is not in his best interests to acknowledge the rule of canon law that have existed since the Holy Mother Church’s founding, because it would invalidate his claims to the pontificate. Now onto my last point before I finish this response off with a reading of the scripture. He repeatedly states Godfrey III as the ruler of man. As we have discussed with his argument prior, to my pontificate being invalid (which it most certainly isn’t, he is simply frustrated in his old age), then Godfrey’s claim to the throne would be invalid. For surely his forebearer was crowned by an anti-pontiff, which means that Godfrey’s progenitor was not the true ruler of man, which means that there is no line of succession for Godfrey to be a part of! What a thought. But we must be patient with the elderly, for I am sure he forgot his argument halfway through, had to lay down for a snooze, and then returned to complete his response. So naturally there would be some holes in his argument, as Yurii is not properly fit to even write anymore. I shall leave the faithful with my story, and the compassion that I have shown for man. Misunderstandings and taking executive action are necessary components of the pontificate. As the Vicar of GOD, there are times where I cannot get advice from others, or I must ignore someone’s objections to an action that I am about to do. However, I must face those consequences with a grace and civility that is above what is expected of the common folk. There was a problem with a band of Owynists, Prince Yury, and many other people who are now my bitter enemy. Yury had killed a member of my clergy, a monk no less. This was a problem, and I was thinking of a proper response to the situation. However, my indecisiveness had cost me dearly. Two rogue Owynists had decided that I was bending over backwards to support the Renatian rule of authoritarianism. As such, I had both eyes gouged out, and my neck cut. I suffered for my actions, and even now I suffer from my actions in the excommunication of the Pertinaxi line. And they are my responsibilities alone to bare. Yurii had not done that in his entire pontificate. In fact, I doubt he did anything during his time as a clergyman. But he is old now, and evidently no longer able to do even the minimal work expected of him as a monk. So to Yurii, I give you this: And it came that one of Horen’s people, a man called Saul, had ignored the warning of Julia, and left the camp. And he wandered into the iniquity which Iblees wrought, and coveted the gold and sweet food, and spoke at length with the Denier. And Iblees was cunning, and guised Saul with the skin and clothes of Horen, and sent him into the camp with a message. So Saul went among the people of Horen in his guise, and he began to work Iblees’ iniquity. And Julia, having cast out Iblees, had retired to her tabernacle, and there cared for her three sons, and awaited the end of her husband’s fast. Thus Saul worked Iblees’ iniquity in Horen’s camp, as Iblees had in other camps, and it came that again a great many people were corrupted. Godfrey 2, 8:9 In your age, Yurii, you had been blinded by the acts of the Denier. Iblees promised to fill the void that your lack of GOD left within your heart. You fell for his silver tongue, and his words of glory and promise. You have strayed from the Holy Mother Church and from GOD’s Will. For that, I free Yurii of Haense from his vows. He is no longer authorized to hold sermons, or be of any example of religious advice for those who seek comfort in the Canon. His name shall be stricken from all papal records, and history will, in time, forget his name. I pray that he come to his senses eventually, and once more finds the light of GOD that he long since abandoned. Signed, His Holiness Everard V, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Metropolitan of Judeburg, Successor to the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin and Svatum, High Servant to the Exalteds’ Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD ☩ IN NOMINE PATRIS, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen.☩ REJOICE! GOD’S FAITHFUL TOIL NO LONGER. Deus Caritas Est
  5. Selrik Wick, the man who started the HRA to stop Renatian aggression all those years ago, smiles the sun’s smile from the seven skies
  6. Saint Rudolph Wagner, who currently sits within the Skies and therefore has plenty of time to speak with the Prophets, would ask His Exalted Horen of the Great Wick clan. ”Clan Wick were the first men to take up arms with me against the treacherous Iblees.” said His Exalted Horen. ”Clan Wick were the ones who encouraged me to go to the Grotto of Ghamesh and pray for three days.” spake His Exalted Horen. ”Clan Wick were the ones who I thought of during my rigorous prayers, that such staunch faith in GOD will be passed down the centuries.” thus declared His Exalted Horen. ”The Wicks made the true line of Horens Emperors.” so decreed His Exalted Horen.
  7. “It is glad to know that one would so boldly declare me an individual who would bend the knee to Man, when it is obvious that my issues are much higher than such petty squabbles. Evidently, you are not above that fact, so allow me to explain it in plain, simple Common that you would be able to understand. Should you have read my declaration of Anathema, you would understand the Ecclesiastical purpose for the excommunication of the Pertinaxi line. You make repeated bases of argument that are from previous Pontifical Administrations, those who actions I was not responsible for, nor were the current Synod. I cannot in good faith with GOD continue any form of support for a throne wherein the familial line has been tainted with such unscrupulous and unholy acts, not limited to just incestuous relationships. I take due heed to remind you that Harren was also of the line of Horen, and he had no qualms about committing the most egregious sin of all: fratricide. Needn’t I remind any individual familiar with the Canon (that is to say, one who regularly attends Holy Masses which is evident that you don’t) of Harren’s story. Not once was there any attempt at redemption, not once was there made any confessional made by those members of the Pertinaxi family lineage. I shall let it be known now that those who do not wish to seek redemption shall surely find themselves removed and declared Anathema. But this is a trifle matter at best, you lack the virtue of humility, whose importance was outlined none other than the Patriarch of all Humanity: His Exalted Horen. The fault, and namely this business of “whataboutism” that you are so fond of serves only to prove my point of your ignorance to the matter at hand. It is most unfortunate that you do not share many of the intellectual and spiritual qualities of Julia, the Matriarch of Man (I elaborate on this as it appears your understanding of the scripture is so limited that I must explain figures of the Canon that even the most illiterate of children know by heart). More importantly, I would urge you to seek refuge in the Canon, and not throw away the very structures by which it was created. Our Holy Church was started by His Exalted Horen, and he passed down the responsibility of teaching the Canon to his successor, and his successor to his successor’s successor, and so on and so forth. In your hubris you have decided that His Exalted Horen was not of sound mind and body to create this structure, and ensure its longstanding understanding of his word. You insult not the Church, but the very notion of Canonism itself. That being said, I pray that you find your way out of ignorance. There are many women who are capable of reading, doing complex mathematics, and engaging in thoughtful discussions about scripture and its longstanding effects on society as a whole. However, I am unaware of how Pertinaxi sympathizers treat their women, perhaps they like them this stupid. Which is indeed a shame, as even His Exalted Horen dare not chain down Julia to the shackles of his preconceived notions of Womanhood. But I digress, I will keep you in my prayers, in the hopes that you seek fulfillment in the Canon through your own internal monologue, and not in the way that Harren had to understand the Word of GOD (which, I will remind you, was by Owyn’s sword). I wish you well in all of your endeavors, and hope that I need not hear of your head being on a pike. For surely I would not wish that upon anyone, and it appears that your willpower and capability to decide things for yourself has been stripped of you by consistent propaganda by the anathema. Yours, His Holiness Everard V”
  8. Saint Rudolph Wagner shudders in the Skies, remembering someone’s attempt at 99 grievances with the Church. But this isn’t ecclesiastical so he smile’s the sun smile at the strong Horen taking charge.
  9. A PONTIFICAL PROCLAMATION: Excommunication, Denunciation, and Affirmation To the priests, bishops, neophytes, lords, sovereigns, and all the lay faithful 13th of Owyn’s Light, 1715 His Holiness Everard V, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Metropolitan of Judeburg, Successor to the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin and Svatum, High Servant to the Exalteds’ Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD doth decree… Holy people of GOD, Your Holy Father expresses his discontent and sheer admonition on the Pertinaxi Dynasty that has loomed and plagued humanity for many decades. Let it be made known that GOD is just who reigns with divine fairness and mercy, but also punishes those who transgress His Exalted Testaments. The Holy Canonist Church does hereby extend this writ to make known to the faithful flock of the unsavory and ungodly acts committed by the Horens of the Renatus Empire. We, by our Apostolic Authority, disavow the Pertinaxi and all who lay claim to this tainted name. Let them be ANATHEMA. By our judgment, the Holy Canonist Church dispenses the judgment of the Seven Skies and henceforth rules that the Pertinaxi have been found guilty under penalty of ETERNAL DAMNATION, severed from all salvation and communion with the most holy Church of the Canon! Furthermore, the Immaculate Throne does extend this decree of EXCOMMUNICATION upon the dynastical sacrilege brought onto humanity by the Pertinaxi: For the incestuous relationships that have plagued the name of Exalted Horen For murdering an entire sect of Judite Monks on a clerical mission to convert the godless For kinslaying and usurpation, stooping as long as colluding with the same consciences that Krug, the kinslayer, had committed against Exalted Horen For violating the Peace and Truce of GOD as mandated by the Holy Church under High Pontiff Everard IV For the unwarranted murder of innocents and in violation of the Virtues of Exalted Horen We henceforth issue this writ with the following decree: The Holy Canonist Church SHALL NOT perform any sacramental service to the members of the Pertinaxi Dynasty. We disavow their baptismal communion with this holy Church. The Church recognizes no mandate upon them, no marriages, no baptisms, no funerals, nor the blessings of holy mass. On the question of Imperial Authority People of GOD, Let there be no confusion: Joseph Marna is the rightful Emperor of Horen’s People, the bearer of the covenant from GOD to sire descendants in His Holy and Venerable Name. We issue our Apostolic Decree that the aforesaid has been lawfully bestowed the Mandate of Horen, pursuant to our judgment that he and all who shall proceed from his loins are the protectors of Humanity. LET IT BE KNOWN TO ALL OF HUMANITY: BY OUR APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY, JOSEPH MARNA IS DECLARED FIDEI DEFENSOR. LET ALL WHO CLAIM THIS TITLE BE DISAVOWED FROM THE HOLY CHURCH AND ANYONE WHO DENIES IT IS SUBJECT TO EXCOMMUNICATION. May GOD bless His Imperial Majesty. Deus Caritas Est
  10. Dearest members of GOD’s flock, I am pleased to announce that I am recovering as best as I possibly can, given the circumstances of the situation. I have no one but GOD and the trusted men who recovered me to thank for that. It was indeed a degree of divine intervention that His Holiness, Pontian II was there to manage my wounds as best he could. Despite my lack of sight, I am more than capable of hearing. And it was brought to my attention recently of a misunderstanding associated with the Holy Church and who have been frequently been called, in common parlance, Owynists. As you are all aware, there were indeed two men affiliated with that belief structure who came and attacked me. Though I cannot stress the importance of the word two in that previous sentence. Evidence and investigation are the foundation of any discourse of crime, and indeed both must take place before anyone can make a sound judgement of a situation. This is all the more true for any child of Man. For indeed, if we are to declare one heretical, or one to be coiled within heathenry, we must have a proper trial. GOD gave Man a mouth with which to speak, and arms with which to bear a sword in His name. And I do believe that there is no coincidence in the mouth being closer to one’s brain than the arm. We must use words before we resort to cutting people down for supposed crime. A man’s first defense should always be his words, and every man must give the accused the opportunity to speak in his own defense before convicting him. We must think logically and critically for a moment while you process this information. The Owynists have many a number within their ranks, surely enough to kill me while I am unguarded. If this was part of some grand scheme, or some larger plot, then surely they would have sent more swords to ensure my death. But, damning as it is, only two knocked on my door that fateful day. I was fortunate enough to have their response to the previous papal letter read aloud to me, and I gave it some thought. Even better, a brave man representing them came to speak with me (might I add he had numerous guards with him, who could have easily struck me down). And the issues were clarified, and it is the understanding of this Pontificate that their response was true. Thus, I have come to this conclusion: The punishment of two Owynists does not extend to the entire group, and any crime of heathenry has been since deemed untrue. The group commonly referred to as Owynists are hereby pardoned from any recent allegations of heresy. Going further, I declare the Owynists to be proper followers of GOD and His Word. This pardon shall remain in effect for as long as I draw breath. They are free of any charges of heresy, and will always be welcome to participate in religious services with the rest of GOD’s flock. As such, any man claiming to persecute them on the unfounded grounds of heresy shall be, in turn, charged with the Fratricide of Krug. His Holiness Everard V, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Metropolitan of Judeburg, Successor to the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin and Svatum, High Servant to the Exalteds’ Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD ☩ IN NOMINE PATRIS, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen. ☩ REJOICE! GOD’S FAITHFUL TOIL NO LONGER. Deus Caritas Est
  11. TERTIUS TAURUM AUREUS SANCTUS JORENUS THIRD GOLDEN BULL OF JORENUS 8th of Godfrey’s Triump, 1715  His Holiness Everard V, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, Metropolitan of Judeburg, Successor to the High Priesthood of the Church, Supreme Pontiff of the Church of True Faith, Keeper of the Canon, Missionary to Aeldin and Svatum, High Servant to the Exalteds’ Testaments, Humble Servant of the Faithful and Vicar of GOD doth decree… TABLE OF CONTENTS: SECTION I - DIOCESAN RECONSTRUCTION SECTION II - SYNOD APPOINTMENTS SECTION III - ECCLESIASTICAL APPOINTMENTS SECTION I - DIOCESAN RECONSTRUCTION As the Church reforms upon the new continent of Arcas, the following changes have been established. THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JORENUS - Encompassing the Kingdom of Haense and its respective lands and minor vassals. Administered by HIS EMINENCE, CAIUS THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RHODESIA - Encompassing the Dual Kingdoms of Renatus and Marna, their respective lands and minor vassals. Administered by HIS EMINENCE, ZACHERY THE METROPOLITANATE OF LENDUS - Encompassing the Diocese of Villavia and the Diocese of Curonia. Administered by HIS EMINENCE, ERNST THE DIOCESE OF CURONIA - Encompassing the Kingdom of Curon and its respective lands and minor vassals. Administered by HIS GRACE, NIKOLAS THE DIOCESE OF VILLAVIA - Encompassing the Duchy of Adria and its respective lands and minor vassals. Administered by HIS GRACE, BORIS SECTION II - SYNOD APPOINTMENTS The following elevations to the Synod have been made and are held as such. PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EMINENCE, ZACHERY PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EMINENCE, ERNST PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS EMINENCE, CAIUS PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS GRACE, NIKOLAS PENTARCH OF THE CANON; HIS HOLINESS, PONTIAN II The Pentarchy is appointed and authorized with the governance of the Church through the will of HIS HOLINESS, EVERARD V SECTION III - ECCLESIASTICAL APPOINTMENTS To bolster the Curia of The Most Holy Mother Canonist Church upon the new continent of Arcas, the following appointments are reaffirmed and reconfirmed. VICE-CHANCELLOR - HIS EMINENCE, ZACHERY NUNCIO TO THE PONTIFICATE - HIS IMPERIAL EXCELLENCY, EDWARD MORRIS PONTIFICAL SECRETARY - HIS EMINENCE, CAIUS PONTIFICAL CHAPLAIN - HIS HOLINESS, PONTIAN II PAPAL MAJORDOMO - HIS GRACE, NIKOLAS APOSTOLIC LEGATE - HIS EMINENCE, ERNST ☩ IN NOMINE PATRIS, et Horenus, et Exaltus Honorem. Amen. ☩ REJOICE! GOD’S FAITHFUL TOIL NO LONGER. Deus Caritas Est
  12. Comatose High Pontiff, Everard V, signs the Lorraine in his dreams
  13. His Holiness, High Pontiff Everard V, squints in Flexio
  14. The Pontifical Enthronement of 1714 12th of Horen’s Calling, 1714 [!] The chirping of birds which saturated the cool, morning air of Haense 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 Saint Rudolph’s Basilica 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 Thomas of Haense, Metropolitan of Lendus, 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, Thomas of Haense, born Thomas Wick, 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, Thomas of Haense, 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 Thomas. 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 Thomas 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 Thomas in the pontifical cloth, and bestows the pontifical laurels. "By this you are known to all as preserver of truths and lord spiritual." _________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________ "I announce a great Blessing; we have a new Pontiff!" The Most Eminent and Most Reverend Thomas Wick, High Pontiff of the Canonist Faith who takes to himself the name:  Everard the Fifth
  15. An aging, tonsured monk read off the ballots. “Thomas...” “Thomas...” “Thomas...” “Your Eminences, the ballots appear to be authentic and valid, wherein His Eminence, Archbishop Thomas has received the majority of the Synod. Godspeed to His Holiness-Elect.”
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