Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1562
Canon 6 of the Diocesan Synod of Auxerre (Gaul, AD 561/605, most probably 585/592) decrees that presbyters should themselves ask for the chrism, or, in the case of illness, they should send their archsubdeacon.
Canon 6
Vt ad media quadragensima presbyteri crisma petant et, si quis infirmitate detentus uenire non potuerit, ad archidiacono suum archisubdiaconum transmittat, sed cum crismario et lenteo, sicut reliquiae sanctorum deportari solent.
(ed. de Clercq 1963: 266)
Canon 6
That in the middle of Lent, presbyters should ask for a chrism personally, or, if someone is unable to come himself hindered by sickness, he should send to the archdeacon his archsubdeacon, but with the vessel for chrism (chrismarium) and linen cloth, just as the relics of the saints should be transported.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Auxerre

About the source:

Title: Diocesan Synod of Auxerre, Synodus Dioecesana Autissiodorensis
Origin: Auxerre (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The acts of the Diocesan Synod of Auxerre are unique, as no other evidence from the Merovingian diocesan councils has been preserved. This synod was called by Bishop Aunacharius of Auxerre. Traditionally, the only dates given for this council were those of the Aunacharius pontificate, which lasted from 561 to 605. It was pointed out, however, that several canons from Auxerre refer to the Second Council of Mâcon of 585, and, thus, the Synod of Auxerre gathered most probably after that year. In canon 44, the decree upholds the law of the unknown ruling king: most probably this is a reference to King Guntram, who died in 592. Hence, the Synod was held before that date (see, PCBE Gaule I: Aunacharius). As a diocesan council, this gathering was attended by only one bishop but thirty-three presbyters, seven abbots, and three deacons. It is not surprising, therefore, that many canons concern the presbyters, deacons, and lower clergy.
C. de Clercq ed., Concilia Galliae a. 511-a. 695, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 148 A, Turnhout 1963.
J.N. Hillgarth, Christianity and paganism, 350-750: the conversion of Western Europe, Philadelphia 1986.
J. Gaudemet, B. Basdevant, Les canons des conciles mérovingiens VIe-VIIe siècles, Sources chrétiennes 353, Paris 1989.


Travel and change of residence
    Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
      Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
        Ritual activity - Anointment with chrism
          Public law - Ecclesiastical
            Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
              Relation with - Deacon
                Relation with - Lower cleric
                  Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
                    Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1562,