Macon, Councils of

Macon, Councils Of (Concilium Matisconense). Ecclesiastical councils were held in this city of Burgundy in 584 and 585. At the former there were enactments to regulate the clerical dress, and forbidding Jews "to appear in the streets from Maunday Thursday until Easter Monday;" at the latter, over which Priscus, archbishop of Lyons, presided, enactments were passed-memorial in the history of the Church — on the conduct of the laity towards the clergy. Among other things, it was required that whenever one of the laity met one of the clergy in the public streets, the former should make a lowly and reverent bow; if both parties are on horseback, then the layman should take off his hat; but if the layman be on horseback and the clergy on foot, the former is to dismount and make his obeisance. See Riddle, Hist. of Papacy, 1:240; Landon, Man. of Councils, 1:386-9.

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