NPS 046

On the holy sacrament

Now the holy Travancus spoke as follows, concerning the holy sacrament of cakes and wine: now the candidates for initiation may be present for the celebration of this holy sacrament, as may any inquirers or visitors, but they may partake not of the consecrated cakes, neither of the consecrated wine. Now unto every initiate there is granted a consecrated amulet, which they shall display: and having so displayed it, they will be permitted to partake of the consecrated cakes and of the consecrated wine. Now if one has lost their amulet, yet they may partake, if one having an amulet shall swear that the person is known to them to possess one, and if there be no reason to believe the testimony of this person is untruthful. And if it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the authority, that the person having been lawfully issued an amulet as a sign and token of their initiation has lost it, another amulet shall be consecrated for them, and this substitution shall be recorded in the register. And upon every amulet shall be inscribed its number, and the province and diocese which issued it, that the registers of that diocese may be consulted. But an initiate may be restricted from participation in the sacrament, in which case they must surrender their amulet; but even if they refuse to surrender it, permit them not to partake; but if the restriction is lifted, the amulet must be returned to them.

Now wine alone may be used for the sacrament, not plain water neither the unfermented juice of grapes; and the wine must be strong wine and undiluted. Anyone who seeks to substitute some other drink for the pure, strong, fermented and undilute wine of the sacrament - they are guilty of a grave sin; and whatever reasons they might have, however noble they might seem, will not lessen the sinfulness thereof. Now if anyone be unable to drink of the wine, they may drink not; the cakes are sufficient of them. But if a priestess or priest may not drink of the wine, the same wine which by every other priestess and priest is consecrated, then they must refrain from the celebration of this holy sacrament. It is not a right for any priestess or priest to celebrate this holy sacrament, it is a privilege; and if some misfortune render them unworthy of that privilege, such is the will of Maratrea; if they truly desire to be free of this misfortune, then without doubt she shall free them wholly, if not in this life, then in the life to come; if not in these here branches, then in others besides them.

And the holy Travancus said: Now the cakes be consecrated not save that the wine be consecrated along with them, and the wine be consecrated not save that the cakes be consecrated along with them. Thus whosoever seeks to consecrate one without the other, consecrates naught. And if there be any defect in one of them, such as to make the consecration thereof be invalid, then the consecration of the other is also invalid, even if the other be without defect.
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