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LIBER XVI.         535


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De distributione candelarum, seu cereorum benedictorum.

CAP. VII.

                                        FACTA igitur solenni processione per templa, vel cœmiteria, Templa & cœmiteria sunt loca refugii.
                                        cereus benedictus ad altare reponitur, vnicuique
                                        familiæ finito officio in particulas distribuendus: quibus
                                        susceptis domum quisque regreditur, & sequenti die convocatis
                                        omnibus liberis jejunis, ac genuflexis, parens juxta
                                        formam prædictam Nume. VI. cereis accensis impenditParens benedicit filiis.
                                        benedictionem: crematque in modum Crucis extremitates
                                        capillorum capitis, ac ipsum cereum pro vnoquoque benedictoFummus ascendens quid significat.
                                        filio extinguit: cujus sumus si ascenderit, veluti justi
Abel, signum bonæ obedientiæ parens adesse asserit: huicque adolescenti, vel sœmellæFumus obliquatus.
blanditur, exhortans, vt Virtuose vivat, quia ascensus fumi longam, & bonam
vitam significat affuturam: quo viso alacriores effecti juvenes, in optimis moribus, Via revocandi liberos a pessima vita.
& obedientiam perseverant, & progrediuntur. Cujus vero sumus versus terram
obliquatur, eidem timor incutitur, vt mores corrigat, & semper abstineat a pessima
sociætate: hacque via infiniti refrenantur a vitiis, & plurimi corroborantur inContradicens religioni exturbatur.
bono. Laudibus enim ducuntur ad religionem, mitibusque minis deposita pertinaci
audacia, avertunt rebellionem. Si quis tamen contra bonam consuetudinem hanc
loquacius quam prudentius dixerit, non tantum ob violatæ religionis culpam, sed excitandi
tumultus metum, vt ethnicus in sociorum consortio evitatur, maxime in mensali
convictu, vbi verecundius talem effugere oportebit
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De vsu benedictorum cereorum.

CAP. VIII.

                                        ETSI cereorum vsus multus, & magnus est in Aquilonaribus
                                        terris, maxime in veneratione templorum, ac visitatione
                                        Sanctorum, & susceptione sacramentorum: tamen cerei manu, Cereus insigne pontificum est.
                                        & ore Pontificis(cujus speciale insigne est ) benedicti, in alta
                                        reverentia habentur apud eas gentes. Creduntur enim potentiVirtus cereorum benedictorum.
                                        virtute verbi divini super eos effusi, vim habere fulgurum,
                                        ac coruscationum arcendarum, ad eum effectum tunc incensi.
                                        Præterea vbi aërem corruptum sentiunt, ne tempore pestis,
                                        aut tempestaris sæviat, bonarum precum adjunctione incensos
habent, vel processionibus ab Ecclesia institutis in manibus gestant, vt virtuti
supereffusæ benedictionis cedant elementa, alioquin asperrime nocitura. Nec ista
videantur absurda, cum in ethnicis historiis dæmonum placatione per certa sacrificia, Vsus gentilium.
haud modo dissimili, vel altero reperiantur excogitata, ac vsitata, quemadmodumT. Livius de triduanis proces. gentilium.
Livius IIII. deca. lib. X. asserit, e Senatusconsulto Ro. ferias, & triduanas processiones
per totam Italiam contra pestem, quæ vrbes evacuaverat, fuisse institutas.
Immo refert de simili remedio adversus eandem, vel aliam elementorum. duritiam, dum
ictos fulmine in præliis equites armatos, & agros tempestatibus demolitos, ac pecudes,
& armenta quassata cernerent, mox ad libros Sibyllinos, tanquam AesculapiiLibri Sibyllini.
remedium quæsituri, diverterunt. Ita & ante susceptam Catholicam fidem in gentibus
Aquilonis factum memoratur, donec veri luminis splendore illustrati, benedictisSplendor veri luminis.
cereis redimerent vrentes clades, & tandem animam efflaturi cereis vterentur eisdem.


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