The Order of Excommunication and Absolution

Book Title: Pontificale Romanum ad omnes pontificias ceremonias, quibus nunc utitur sacrosancta Romana ecclesia, accommodatum. Nonnullis insuper, que in antea impressis non habentur accuratissime auctum .Ac in tres partes distinctum. : quarum prima personarum, secunda rerum consecrationes, et benedictiones continet : tertia vero quedam ecclesiastica officia, et alia multa comprehendit, que in sequenti tabula, versa pagina monstrantur. Nuper summa diligentia reuisum, emendatum, & impressum

Author: Catholic Church

Image Title: The Order of Excommunication and Absolution

Description: This engraving illustrates the rite of solemn excommunication. The bishop sits surrounded by twelve priests in a public place, each with a lit candle in his hand. The bishop then pronounces the anathema against the one to be excommunicated, after which all strike out their candles against the ground.

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