Passalorynchites a party of Montanists who observed perpetual silence, giving literal obedience to Ps 141:3: "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips." Jerome found some of them in Galatia, obeying this miserable literalism. Their name is derived from the Greek πάσσαλος, a nail, and ῥίν. a nostril, because when they put their finger to their mouth, which they did to keep their mouth from giving utterance to their thoughts, they touched their nose. The Passalorynchites did not even pray audibly.

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