Deut. 32:7(that is to say, the successors of our first fathers: of Bishop Ailbe, of Ciaran of Clonmacnois, of Brendan, of Nessan, and of Lugid) to tell me what they thought about our excommunication by the aforementioned Apostolic Sees. Having gathered in Mag Lene, some in person others through representatives sent in their place, they enacted and said: Our predecessors enjoined, through capable witnesses (some living, some resting in peace), that we should adopt humbly
p.93without doubt better and more valid proofs proffered by the font of our baptism and our wisdom and by the successors of the Lord's Apostles. Then they arose in unison and after this, as is our custom, they performed a prayer, that they would celebrate Easter with the Universal Church the next year. But a short time afterwards a certain whited-wall [arose, pretending to] preserve the tradition of our elders,
Acts 23:3; Matt. 23:27; Marc. 7:3-4who did not unite with either part but divided them and partly made void what was promised. I hope the Lord shall strike [him] down
Acts 23:3in whatever way he wills. Then it seemed proper to our elders, according to the command, that if disagreement arises between one side and another, and judgement vary between leper and non-leper, they should go to the place which the Lord has chosen;
Deut. 17:8and that if the matters are major, [according to the sinodical decree,] they should be referred to the chief of cities.
Coll. canon. Hibernensis 20, De prouincia (Wasserschleben, p. 61 n. e)Hence we sent those whom we knew to be wise and humble as children to their mother, and having had a prosperous journey through the will of God,
Rom. 1:10some of them arrived at Rome, and returned to us in the third year. And they saw all things just as they had heard about them, but they found them more certain inasmuch as they were seen rather than heard. And they
p.95were in one lodging in the church of St Peter with a Greek, a Hebrew, a Sythian and an Egyptian at the same time at Easter, in which we differed by a whole month. And so they testified to us before the holy relics, saying: As far as we know, this Easter is celebrated throughout the whole world. And we have tested that the power of God is in the relics of the holy martyrs and in the writings which they brought back. We saw with our own eyes a totally blind girl opening her eyes at these relics, and a paralytic walking and many demons cast out.