Canon 1. If anyone disparages marriage, or abominates or disparages a woman sleeping with her husband, notwithstanding that she is faithful and reverent, as though she could not enter the Kingdom, let him be anathema.
(Ap. cc. V, LI; c. XIII of the 6th; cc. I, IV, IX, XIV of Gangra.)
Canon 2. If anyone criticize adversely a person eating meat (without blood, and such as is not meat that has been sacrificed to idols or strangled) with reverence and faith, as though he had no hope of partaking, let him be anathema.
(Ap. cc. LI, LXIII; c. LXVII of the 6th; c. XIV of Anc.; c. LXXX of Basil.)
Canon 3. If anyone, on the pretext of godliness, teach a slave to scorn his master, and to leave his service, and not to afford his services to his own master with favor and all honor, let him be anathema.
(c. LXXXII of the 4th; c. LXXXV of the 6th; cc. LXXIII, XC of Carthage; cc. XL, XLII of Basil.)
Canon 4. If anyone discriminates against a married Presbyter, on the ground that he ought not to partake of the offering when that Presbyter is conducting the Liturgy, let him be anathema.
(Ap. c. V; cc. XIII, XLVIII of the 6th; cc. IV, XXXIII of Carthage.)
Canon 5. If anyone teach that the Lord’s house is contemptible, and that so are the synaxeis (or gatherings) therein, let him be anathema.
(c. LXXX of the 6th; cc. XX, XXI of Gangra; ec. XI, XII of Sardica.)
Canon 6. If anyone conducts a church of his own apart from the Church, and, scorning the Church, wishes to perform the functions of the Church, without a presbyter’s helping with the approval and consent of a bishop, let him be anathema.
(Ap. c. XXXI; c. XVIII of the 4th; cc. XXXI, XXXIV of the 6th; cc. XII, XIII, XIV, XV cf the lst-and-2nd; c. V of Antioch; cc. X, XI, LXII of Carthage.)
Canon 7. If anyone wants to take or to give ecclesiastical fruits or produce outside the church against the advice of the bishop, or of the persons in whose hands such things have been placed, and do not want to act with his consent and approval, let him be anathema.
(Ap. c. XXXVIII.)
Canon 8. If anyone gives or takes any fruit or produce, except the bishop or the man appointed to act as steward of almonry, let both the giver and the taker be anathema.
(Ap. c. XXXVIII.)
Canon 9. If anyone should remain a virgin or observe continence as if, abominating marriage,i he had become an anchorite, and not for the good standard and holy feature of virginity, let him be anathema.
(Ap. cc. V and LI.)
Canon 10. If anyone leading a life of virginity for the Lord should regard married persons superciliously, let him be anathema.
Canon 11. If anyone should scorn those who hold love-feasts (or agapae) in good faith, and who invite their brethren to ‘join them for honor of the Lord, and should refuse to respond to the invitations, for the sake of vilifying the affair, let him be anathema.
(c. LXXIV of the 6th; c. XXVII of Laodicea; c. XLIX of Carthage.)
Canon 12. If any of the menfolk uses a wrapper for the sake of supposedly ascetic exercise, and as if endowed with righteousness by this he should regard disdainfully those men who are wearing robes called beri and using the common dress which is in vogue, let him be anathema.
(c. XXVII of the 6th; c. XVII of the 7th; c. XXI of Gangra.)
Canon 13. If for the sake of supposedly ascetic exercise any woman change apparel, and instead of the usual and customary women’s apparel, she dons men’s apparel, let her be anathema.
(c. LXII of the 6th.)
Canon 14. If any woman should abandon her husband and wish to depart, because she abominates marriage, let her be anathema.
(Ap. cc. V, LI; c. XIII of the 6th; c. XX of Gangra.)
Canon 15. If anyone should abandon his own children, or fail to devote himself to feeding his children, and fail, as far as depends on them, to bring them up to be godly and to have respect for God, but, under the pretext of ascetic exercise, should neglect them, let him be anathema.
(c. XLII of Carthage.)
Canon 16. If any children of parents, especially of faithful ones, should depart, on the pretext of godliness, and should fail to pay due honor to their parents, godliness, that is to say, being preferred with them, i.e., among them, let them be anathema.
Canon 17. If any woman for the sake of supposedly ascetic exercise cuts off her hair, which God gave her to remind her of the fact that she is subject to the will of her husband, let her be anathema, on the ground that she has disobeyed the injunction to be obedient.
Canon 18. If anyone for the sake of supposedly ascetic exercise should fast on Sunday, let him be anathema.
(Ap. c. LXIV.)
Canon 19. If any of those persons who engage in ascetic exercise without any bodily need of it should pride themselves on this, and should break the fasts handed down to the commonalty and kept by the Church, under the hallucinationi that their reasoning in this matter is perfect, let them be anathema.
(Ap. c. LXIX.)
Canon 20. If anyone should find fault with the synaxeis, or gatherings, in honor of Martyrs, or with the liturgies conducted thereat, and the commemorations of them, owing to his being imbued with a proud disposition and overcome with a loathing, let him be anathema.
(c. LXXX of the 6th; cc. V, XXI of Gangra; cc. XI, XII of Sardica.)
Canon 21. We state these things, not by way of cutting off from the Church of God persons wishing to exercise themselves ascetically in accordance with the Scriptures, but those who take the matter of ascetic exercises as something to be proud of, and who regard those living and conducting themselves in an easier manner disdainfully, and who introduce novelties that are contrary to the Scriptures and the Ecclesiastical Canons. For the fact is that we admire virtue with humility and welcome continence with modesty and godliness, and esteem anachoretic departures from mundane affairs with humility, and honor modest cohabitation of matrimony, and do not despise wealth with justice and with the doing of good. And we praise frugality and cheapness of garments, worn solely for protection of the body and plainly made; whereas we abhor loose and outworn fashions in dress. And we honor the houses of God, and we embrace the meetings that occur therein as holy and beneficial; though we do not confine piety to the houses, but honor every place that is built in the name of God. And we consider the congregation in the church of God to be a benefit to the public. And felicitate those brethren who do good to the poor in accordance with the traditions of the Church by way of supererogation. And, concisely speaking, we prayerfully hope that all the things will be done in the Church and in church that have been handed down traditionally by the divine Scriptures and the Apostolic traditions.
(Ap. cc. LI, LIII; cc. XXVII, LXXX of the 6th; c. XVI of the 7th; cc. V, XX of Gangra.)