certain, believed and was baptized, greater numbers began daily to flock togrether to hear the word, and, forsaking their heathen rites, to associate themselves, by believing, to the unity of the church of Christ. Their conversion the king so far encouraged, as that he compelled none to embrace Christiainity, but only showed more affection to the believers, as to his fellow-citizens in the heavenly kingdom. For he had learned from his instructors and leaders to salvation, that the service of Christ ought to be voluntary, not by compulsion. Nor was it long before he gave his teachers a settled place in his metropolis of Canterbury, with such possessions of different kinds as were necessary for their subsistence.
ST. AUGUSTINE, BEING MADE BISHOP, SENDS TO ACQUAINT POPE
GREGORY WITH WHAT HAD BEEN DONE, AND RECEIVES HIS
ANSWER TO THE DOUBTS HE HAD PROPOSED TO HIM.
In the meantime, Augustine, the man of God, repaired to Arles, and, pursuant to the orders received from the holy Father Gregory, was ordained archbishop of the English nation, by Etherius, archbishop of that city. Then returning into Britain, he sent Laurentius, the priest, and Peter, the monk, to Rome, to acquaint Pope Gregory, that the nation of the English had received the faith of Christ, and that he was himself made their bishop. At the same time, he desired his solution of some doubts that occurred to him. He soon received proper answers to his questions, which we have also thought fit to insert in this our history:—
Concerning bishops, how they are to behave themselves
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Publication information: Book title: The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. Contributors: Bede - Author. Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd.. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1910. Page number: 45.
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