Canons of the Council of 'Ain Traz


This manuscript contains the canons of the Synod of ‘Ain Traz, which was convened in 1835 by Patriarch Maximos III (Michael Mazlūm, died 1855). This assembly is especially significant for being the only Melkite synod fully ratified by Rome. It took place in 1841, the same year in which the Arabic text was printed in Rome. Included are 25 canons concerning all manner of church matters, which are indicated in the table of contents at the end. The manuscript is in Arabic, but the decretum of the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith) appears in Latin at the beginning. The congregation was the body of the Roman Catholic Church established in the early 17th century for the purpose of spreading Catholicism in non-Catholic countries.

Last updated: February 12, 2016