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Jesus Christ our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all for every one: to wit, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Orders and Matrimony; and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation and Orders cannot be reiterated without sacrilege.
'I also receive and admit the received and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church, used in the solemn administration of all the aforesaid sacraments.
'I embrace and receive all and every one of the things which have been defined and declared by THE HOLY COUNCIL OF TRENT, concerning original sin and justification.
'I profess likewise that in THE MASS, there is offered to God, a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead. And that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist, there is truly, really, and substantially the body and blood, together with the SOUL and DIVINITY of our Lord Jesus Christ: and that there is made a conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the blood: which conversion the Catholic Church calls TRANSUBSTANTIATION.
'I also confess that under EITHER KIND ALONE CHRIST IS RECEIVED WHOLE AND ENTIRE, and a true sacrament.
'I constantly hold that there is a PURGATORY, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful.
'Likewise that the saints, reigning together with
Christ, are to be honoured and invocated, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be had in veneration.
'I most firmly assert that the IMAGES of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever Virgin, and also of the other saints, ought to be had and retained, and that due honour and veneration is to be given them.
'I also affirm that the power of INDULGENCES was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is very helpful to all Christian people.
'I acknowledge the HOLY CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC ROMAN CHURCH for the Mother and Mistress of all Churches; and I promise true obedience to the BISHOP OF ROME, successor to to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.
'I likewise undoubtedly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined and declared by the Sacred Canons and General Councils, and particularly by the HOLY COUNCIL OF TRENT. And I condemn, reject and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies, which the Church has condemned, rejected and anathematized.
'I, N. N. do at this time freely profess and sincerely hold this true Catholic faith, without which no one can be saved; and I promise most constantly to retain and confess the same entire and inviolate with God's assistance to the end of my life.'
Those who subscribe to the Creed, as given above, have "the mark of the Beast in their Forehead." There is, however, an important addition to the original, which stands thus:- Atque a meis subditis,
vel illis quorum cura ad me in munere meo spectabit, curaturum ego idem N. spondeo, voveo ac juro.'-' I also promise, vow and swear, that I will procure, as far as lies in my power, that this (Roman) Catholic faith shall be held, taught and preached by those who are subject to me, or who in virtue of my office shall be under my care.' Those Roman Catholics who make this last promise, may be said to “receive the MARK OF THE BEAST IN THEIR RIGHT HAND."
NO MAN MAY BUY OR SELL, SAVE HE THAT HAS THE MARK, OR NAME OF THE POPE, OR THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME.
AND THAT NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL, SAVE
MARK, OR NAME OF THE
BEAST, OR THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME."
THE decrees of the General Councils' are confirmed by the Council of Trent, and by the Creed of Pope Pius IV. Now, the Eleventh General Council,' or the third of Lateran, enjoined upon pain of anathema, that no one presume to entertain or cherish them' (the Waldenses and Albigenses) in his house or land, or to exercise traffic with them.' The Twelfth General Council,' or the fourth of Lateran, not only compelled all secular powers to extirpate heretics, but thundered out a sentence of excommunication against all who should be so charitable as to afford sustenance, protection, or asylum to those lying under the anathema. The Synod of Tours, and the Council of Constance, no less than the General Councils' forbid
all communion with Heretics in buying or selling.' (See Bishop Newton.)
The spirit of Popery is the same in the present day as ever. In the island of Achill attempts have been made to famish the poor Protestants into embracing the abominations of the Church of Rome. The influence of the Romish priesthood has prevented their people from selling the necessaries of life to the Protestant population, and they have thus been reduced to the greatest distress. How wonderful that the adoption of this mode of persecution should be actually foretold in the Scriptures of truth, and recorded by the Holy Ghost! (See an excellent article upon this subject in the Friendly Visitor for February 1836.)
The Janissaries of His Holiness" cause all both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads, and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or name of the Beast, or the number of his name." Where the Jesuits and the Romish Priesthood have the power, they refuse to sell to Protestants the necessaries of life.
We believe, however, that there is an allusion to the prohibitory indices of the Church of Rome. ths Index of Paul IV. published A. D. 1559 is inserted the prohibitory decree of the Inquisition, in which, after denouncing the punishments of transgression determined by the Bulla Cænæ Domini and the Lateran Council, with others nostro arbitrio infligendio, it proceeds to ordain, in a very appropriate style, ne