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Communicants who neglect to receive the Lord's Supper, to be stricken
from the roll.
Any communicant who shall neglect for six months successively, to attend the celebration of the Lord's Supper, having opportunity, may, at the discretion of his or her rector, be stricken from the list of communicants, unless satisfactory reasons for such neglect be assigned to the rector.
Offences for which communicants may be presented and tried.
Scandalous and immoral conduct, gaming, or any other vicious or corrupting amusement, a general neglect of public worship, breach of any of the Divine precepts, are offences for which communicants may be brought to trial.
Mode of proceeding against a communicant.
If a communicant of this Church shall offend in any of the matters mentioned in the twenty-second of these canons, the minister of the parish in which the offender shall reside, upon receiving information thereof, shall take cognizance of the offence as provided in the rubric before the “Order for the Administration of the Holy Communion.” And if, after private advertisement, he shall deem it necessary, he may then convene the vestry and church wardens, first giving the party reasonable notice in writing of the charge, and of the time and place appointed for the meeting of the minister, vestry and church wardens, for the purpose of enquiring into it. At the time and place appointed the minister, vestry and church wardens, or a majority of them shall meet, and if they are satisfied that due notice has been given to
the accused, shall, whether he appear or not, proceed to inquire into the charge, and if a majority of those in attendance after a full hearing of the evidence, and of the defence of the accused, should he make one, shall be of opinion that the accused is guilty, the minister shall pronounce such sentence as the offence may in his judgment deserve, which shall be either reproof before the vestry and wardens, suspension from the Holy Communion, or excommunication.
Persons applying to be received as candidates for holy orders, shall give the notice, and present the testimonials required by the canons of the General Convention.
Readers to be appointed in vacant Parishes.
The Bishop may appoint in any parish where the rector is unable to perform the service in his church or churches every Lord's day, or where it is desirable to have Divine service celebrated at places, or times, at which the rector cannot attend, upon the recommendation of the rector, or in vacant parishes with the consent of the vestry; some candidate for orders or other layman of exemplary character for piety and morals as a reader, who shall, under the direction of the Bishop, any member of the Standing Committee, or the rector of the parish, where there is
one, on occasions of public worship, devoutly read the service of the Church and a sermon from the works of some approved Protestant Episcopal divine. Permanent appointments must be made by the Bishop. Nevertheless any member of the Standing
Committee may make a temporary appointment of a reader, subDject to the confirmation or rejection of the Bishop.
Concerning Deacons who delay to apply for Priest's orders.
It shall be the duty of the Bishop to withdraw his license to preach from any Deacon who shall neglect, for a longer period than three years after his ordination, to take the necessary steps for obtaining priest's orders, unless he shall have, in the judgment of the Bishop, sufficient reasons for the delay.
Every Minister to keep a Register.
The minister of each parish or church shall make out and continue a register of baptisms, confirmations, communicants, marriages and funerals within his cure, in a suitable and substantial book provided by the vestry of the parish or church, which shall be left upon his death or removal for the use of his suc
every parish or church the church wardens, if required by the rector, shall provide the elements of bread and wine for the Holy Communion.
Of special meetings of the Standing Committee.
The Bishop shall have power to call special meetings of the Standing Committee at such times and places as may appear to him to be necessary and expedient.
All canons of the Diocese of Maryland are hereby repealed, which have been passed before the commencement of the present Convention.