Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 639
According to Canon 29 of the Breviary of Ferrandus of Carthage (North Africa, AD 523/546, repeating earlier norms) ordinations should not be performed when catechumens are present.
Canon 29
Vt episcopus, praesentibus catechumenis, ordinationem non faciat.
Concilio Laodicensi, tit. 4.
(ed. Munier 1974: 289)
Canon 29
Bishops should not perform ordinations in the presence of catechumens.
Council of Laodicea, title 4.
(trans. S. Adamiak)


The canon repeats the norm of the Council of Laodicea (2nd half of the 4th c. AD).

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • East
  • Carthage
  • Laodicea

About the source:

Author: Ferrandus of Carthage
Title: Breviary of Ferrandus, Breviatio Canonum
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa), Laodicea (East)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Ferrandus was a deacon of Carthage; he died before 546. His "Breviary" is the first systematic collection of canons produced in Africa. It contains the titles (not the entire text) of 232 canons of different councils (not only from Africa), treating mainly the duties of various clerical offices (1-144), ecclesiastical delicts (145-198), and liturgical norms (199-232).
C. Munier ed., Concilia Africae a. 345-a. 525, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 149, Turnhoult 1974, 284-311.  
J. Gaudemet, Les Sources du droit de l’Église en Occident du IIe au VIIe siècle, Paris 1985.


Act of ordination
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