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frayed to the sureties. In like manner shall the female vicar
afterwards baptize into the church, in the first female sanctuary,
the females of her congregation, and dedicate themselves upon
the altar to God, and the cost of their sanctuary be defrayed out
of their dedicatory ofl^erings.

The two vicars, and the baptized of those two first congre-
gations, shall be accounted as very honourable afterwards in
the church. The two vicars shall have authority, by reason of
their ofiice, to ordain others solemnly into the ministry ; none
but those ordained by the constituted authorities in the church
ehall be empowered to appoint spiritual teachers or ofl&cials in



OF THE TRUE CHUECH. 221

the church, or be acknowledged by the church; for, hke as men
diseipHne their armies so shall the church be disciplined, that
order and authority may reign throughout.

When twenty sanctuaries have been consecrated by the
male vicar, each sanctuary having one rector and one curate,
he shall appoint the most efficient of the rectors to be vioar
over ten of the sanctuaries ; and thereafter, until they have a
bishop, for every ten sanctuaries there shall be appointed by
the whole of the vicars an additional vicar. As it is with the
males, so shall it be with the females.



When there are ten male vicars, they shall appoint, for this
occasion only, one of their number to be their bishop, and he
shall appoint and ordain, out of the rectors, one to fill the
vacant vicarage. When there are ten more male vicars, the
bishop shall appoint one out of the vicars to be a bishop, and
the two bishops shaU appoint one out of the rectors to the
vacant vicarage. Then they shall separate the nation into two
dioceses ; one shall be bishop over one diocese, and the other
the bishop over the other diocese. From time to time, as the
church increases in growth, so they shall adjust the extent of
the vicarage districts, both male and female, and for every
additional ten male vicars the bishop shall appoint, as before,
a vicar to be a bishop, and a rector to be vicar in his stead, the
bishops separating the nation into dioceses, and adjusting the
vicarages as they may deem necessary.



When there are ten bishops they shall appoint, for this
occasion only, one of then- number to be their archbishop, and
the bishops shaU nominate one of the vicars to fill the vacant
bishopric. When there are twenty bishops, then the archbishop



■223 THE RE-COMMENCEMENT OF THE TRUE CHURCH.

shall appoint out of the bishops another archbishop ; and for
levery additional ten bishops the archbishops shall appoint, out
of the bishops, an additional archbishop. From time to time,
as the church increases, so shall the archbishops adjust their
:arch-dioceses. Every bishop in the sight of God is equal one
to the other, and every archbishop is equal in the sight of God
sone to the other.



In changing a cleric from one ofl&ce to another, the most
zealous and fittest shall be selected ; the welfare of the church
shall be strictly kept in view, no undue favoritism shall be
■shown. The high officials of the church shall set a good
example to the nation in this matter, and the whole church
shall dutifuUy acquiesce, without any demur, in those acts of
discipline.

The curates and school teachers of a sanctuary shaU be
appointed by the rector of that sanctuary ; the rector of a sanc-
tuary by the vicar of the district wherein that sanctuary is
located — to vicarages vacant through death or other causes, by
the bishop of that diocese, out of the rectors ; to bishoprics
vacant through death or other causes in an arch-diocese, by the
archbishop of that diocese.



All the bishops and archbishops shall be males ; the female
spiritual teachers shall be subordinate to the bishops, but not
to the lesser male priests.



From time to time the bishops and archbishops shall hold


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