Date 359
Council Ariminum
Ancient Sources Socrates, HE 2.37; Theodoret, HE 2.20; Athanasius, De Synodis 55

The letter of your humanity we have received, most God-beloved Lord Emperor, which reports that, on account of stress of public affairs, as yet you have been unable to attend to our deputies; and in which you command us to await their return, until your godliness shall be advised by them of what we have defined conformably to our ancestors. However, we now profess and assert at once by these presents, that we shall not recede from our purpose, as we also instructed our deputies. We ask then that you will with serene countenance command these letters of our mediocrity to be read; but also that you will graciously receive those, with which we charged our deputies. This however your gentleness comprehends as well as we, that great grief and sadness at present prevail, because that, in these your most happy days, so many churches are without bishops. And on this account we again request your humanity, most God-beloved Lord Emperor, that, if it please your religiousness, you would command us, before the severe winter weather sets in, to return to our churches, that so we may be able, unto God Almighty and our Lord and Savior Christ, His Only-begotten Son, to fulfill together with our flocks our wonted prayers in behalf of your imperial sway, as indeed we have ever performed them, and at this time make them.

Translation from Athanasius, De Synodis 55 (NPNF2 vol. 4, p. 480)

Adapted by SMT

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