Chapter XLIII.—Bishops from all the Provinces attended the Dedication of the Church at Jerusalem.
No sooner had these injunctions been carried into effect, than another emissary arrived with despatches from the emperor, and an urgent admonition to the Council to hasten their journey to Jerusalem without delay. 3340 Accordingly they all took their departure from the province of Phœnicia, and proceeded to their destination, availing themselves of the public means of transport. Thus Jerusalem became the gathering point for distinguished prelates from every province, and the whole city was thronged by a vast assemblage of the servants of God. The Macedonians had sent the bishop of their metropolis; 3341 the Pannonians and Mœsians the fairest of Gods youthful flock among them. A holy prelate from Persia too was there, deeply versed in the sacred oracles; while Bithynian and Thracian bishops graced the Council with their presence; nor were the most illustrious from Cilicia wanting, nor the chief of the Cappadocians, distinguished above all for learning and eloquence. In short, the whole of Syria and Mesopotamia, Phœnicia and Arabia, Palestine, Egypt, and Libya, with the dwellers in the Thebaid, all contributed to swell the mighty concourse of Gods ministers, followed as they were by vast numbers from every province. They were attended by an imperial escort, 3342 and officers of trust had also been sent from the palace itself, with instructions to heighten the splendor of the festival at the emperors expense.
Compare Hefele, 2. 26–7.551:3341
[Alexander, bishop of Thessalonica. By the Pannonian and Mœsian bishops are meant Ursacius and Valens, leaders of the Arian party; by the Bithynian and Thracian, Theogonius of Nicæa, and Theodorus of Perinthus (Valesius).—Bag.]551:3342
“The emperor showed himself very attentive to them.”—Molz.