Session XXV

being the ninth and last

under the Supreme Pontiff

Pius IV

begun on the third and closed

on the fourth day of December, 1563


The Reading Of The Decrees Of The Council Under Paul III And Julius III In The Session

Since at different times under Paul III as well as under Julius III, of happy memory, many things relative to dogma and the reform of morals have been decreed and defined in this council, the holy council wishes that they be now recited and read. [They were read].

The End Of The Council And The Request For Confirmation From Our Most Holy Lord

Most illustrious Lords and most reverend Fathers, does it please you that to the praise of Almighty God an end be put to this holy ecumenical council and that the confirmation of each and all of the things which have been decreed and defined therein under the Roman pontiffs, Paul III and Julius III, of happy memory, as well as under our most holy Lord, Pius IV, be sought in the name of this holy council by the presidents and the legates of the Apostolic See from the most blessed Roman pontiff?

They replied: It pleases us.

Hereupon the most illustrious and most reverend Cardinal Morone, the first legate and president, blessing the holy council, said: After having given thanks to God, most reverend Fathers, go in peace.

They replied: Amen.

Acclamations Of The Fathers At The Close Of The Council

The Cardinal of Lorraine: To the most blessed Pius, Pope and our Lord, pontiff of the holy universal Church, many years and eternal memory.

Reply of the Fathers: O Lord God, do Thou preserve very long, for many years, the most holy Father to thy Church.

The Cardinal: To the souls of the most blessed sovereign pontiffs, Paul III and Julius III, by whose authority this holy, general council was begun, peace from the Lord, and eternal glory, and happiness in the light of the saints.

Reply: Be their memory in benediction.

The Cardinal: May the memory of the Emperor Charles V and of the most serene kings, who have promoted and protected this universal council, be in benediction.

Reply: Amen, Amen.

The Cardinal: To the most serene Emperor Ferdinand, ever august, orthodox, and peaceful, and to all our kings, states, and princes, many years.

Reply: Preserve, O Lord, the pious and Christian Emperor; O, heavenly Emperor, protect earthly kings, the preservers of the right faith.

The Cardinal: To the legates of the Apostolic See, and the presidents of this council, many years and many thanks.

Reply: Many thanks; the Lord reward them.

The Cardinal: To the most reverend cardinals and most illustrious ambassadors.

Reply: Many thanks; many years.

The Cardinal: To the most holy bishops, life and a happy return to their churches.

Reply: To the heralds of truth perpetual memory; to the orthodox senate many years.

The Cardinal: The holy, ecumenical Council of Trent; let us confess its faith; let us always observe its decrees.

Reply: Let us always confess, always observe.

The Cardinal: We all believe thus, we all think the same, agreeing therein and embracing them, we all subscribe. This is the faith of blessed Peter and of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the orthodox.

Reply: Thus we believe; thus we think; thus we subscribe.

The Cardinal: Adhering to these decrees, may we be made worthy of the mercies and grace of the first and great supreme priest, Jesus Christ God; our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God, and all the saints interceding.

Reply: So be it, so be it. Amen, Amen.

The Cardinal: Anathema to all heretics.

Reply: Anathema, anathema.

After this the legates presiding commanded all the Fathers under penalty of excommunications, that they before leaving the city of Trent subscribe with their own hand the decrees of the council, or approve them by some public instrument; all then subscribed, and they were in number two hundred and fifty-five, namely, four legates, two cardinals, three patriarchs, twenty-five archbishops, one hundred and sixty-eight bishops, seven abbots, thirty-nine procurators of absentees with lawful commission, seven generals of orders.