CPL 111
Date 354
Incipit Metiri facile
Ancient Source Now-lost manuscript at the episcopal archives at Vercelli, used by Baronius since which time it has disappeared
Modern Text Bulhart, Vincent, ed. Corpus Christianorum Series Latina, vol. IX. (Turnhout: Brepols, 1957), pp. 120-121.
Notes Constantius demands Eusebius’ support for the Council of Milan’s decisions.

Constantius, the victor and winner of triumphs, eternal Augustus, to Bishop Eusebius:

When a crucial situation arises, I trust that your Dignity can easily judge that over all the things which concern me, I personally prefer the heavenly religion which is preeminent and surpasses everything in my heart. I trust this is clearly known from the documents which I am frequently sending to you, O Sensible One. You can clearly see that I am busy night and day, doing what I can to advance whatever pertains to our revered religion. For how is it acceptable or useful to me if, although I have devoted my soul to God up to this point, that by zeal of this sort I should learn that all my effort is indeed harmful? And so I always give the deepest thought in my mind to the revered churches, and I desire to recover and steadfastly to maintain their saving unity in all things.

For which reason it was resolved that there should be a meeting of holy bishops in the city of Milan and especially of those who were easily able to explain things that have happened elsewhere.  Indeed, in the diverse provinces, councils of bishops were assembled, and what the most sensible bishops decreed one after another in unanimous agreement was made crystal clear at the Council of Milan.  And then, a few came from individual provinces, and they expressed their agreement to it and likewise confirmed the great respect owed to the law.  Therefore, that which has been suitably reverent has been corroborated by the resolution of the above mentioned.  They have resolved that four of their number should be sent to your holiness in like manner to make you aware of that for which you strive, namely that you will not avoid what is to the advantage of the church.

Certainly, we who are servants of God boast and likewise encourage and warn that you should not delay in agreeing with the consensus of your brothers.  Indeed, we are confident when this will have been done, that by this very strong unity the churches will be able to celebrate.  May God preserve you always for many years, dearest and most loving brother.

Translated by AJW

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