"The Donation of Constantine"- Translated from Vatican Archive #5314 dated 1451

"The Donation of Constantine"- Translated from Vatican Archive #5314 dated 1451



this is the donation of Constantine read by Joe Kernan this original manuscript has been kept for a great number of centuries in the Vatican Library known as codex Botanica s' five three one four dated December 7 14 51 the only complete manuscript of this treatise this is the donation of Constantine the Emperor Constantine yielded his crown and all his royal prerogatives in the city of Rome and in Italy and in western parts of the apostolate ik4 in the acts of the Blessed Sylvester which the Blessed Pope galius in the Council of seventy bishops recounts as read by the Catholic and in accordance with the ancient usage many churches he says follow this example the Emperor Constantine the fourth day after his baptism conferred his privilege on the pontiff of the Roman Church that in the whole Roman world priest shall regard him as their head as judges do the king in this privilege among other things is this we together with all our satraps and the whole Senate and my nobles and also all the peoples subject to the government of glorious Rome considered it advisable that the Blessed Peter is seen to have been constituted Vicar of the Son of God on the earth so the pontiff's who are the representatives of the same chief of the Apostles should obtain from us and our Empire the power of a supremacy greater than the clemency of our earthly Imperial serenity is seen to have concealed to it choosing that some chief of the Apostles and his vicars to be our constant intercessors with God and to the extent of our earthly imperial power we have decreed that his holy roman church shall be honored with the veneration and that more than our Empire and earthly throne the most sacred seat of the Blessed Peter shall be gloriously exalted we giving to power the dignity of glory and vigor and honor Imperial and we are Dane and decree that he shall have the supremacy as well as the four principal seats Alexandria Antioch Jerusalem and Constantinople as also over all the Churches of God in the whole earth and the church itself and the pontiff who at the time shall be at the head of the Holy Roman Church itself shall be more exalted then and chief over all the priests of the whole world and according to his judgment everything which is provided for the service of God and for the stability of the faith of Christians is to be administered on the churches of the Blessed apostles peter and paul for the providing of the lights we have conferred landed estates of possessions and have enriched them with different objects and through our sacred imperial mandate we have granted him of our property in the east as well as in the west and even in the northern and the southern quarter namely in Judea Greece Asia Thrace Africa in Italy and the various islands under this condition indeed that all shall be administered by the hands of our most blessed father the supreme pontiff Sylvester and his successors and to our Father the Blessed Sylvester supreme pontiff and Pope Universal of the city of Rome and to all the pontiff's his successors who shall sit on the throne in the seat of the Blessed Peter even until the end of the world we buy this present to give our Imperial latarian palace then the diadem that is the crown of our head and at the same time the tiara and also the shoulder band that is the strap that usually surrounds our Imperial neck and also the purple mantle and the scarlet tunic and the Imperial raiment and also the same rank as those presiding over the Imperial cavalry conferring also even with the imperial scepters and at the same time all the standards our banners and the different ornaments and all the pomp of our imperial eminence and the glory of our power we decree moreover as the most revered men the clergy of different orders who serve that same holy roman church that they have the same eminence distinction power and excellence by the glory of which it seems proper for our most illustrious senate to be adorned that is that they may be made patricians and consuls and also we have proclaimed that they be decorated with the imperial dignities and even as the imperial militia is adorned so also we decree that the clergy of the holy roman church be adorned and even as the imperial power is adorned with different offices the Chamberlain's indeed and doorkeepers and all the guards so we wish the holy roman church also be decorated and in order that the Pontifical glory may shine forth most fully we decree this also that the horses of the clergy of this same holy roman church be decorated with saddle cloths and linens that is of the whitest color and that they are so to ride and even as our Senate uses shoes with felt socks that is distinguished by white linen so the clergy also should use them so that even as the celestial orders so also the terrestrial may be adorned to the glory of God above all things moreover we give permission to that same most holy one of our Father Sylvester and his successors from our edict that he may make priests whomever he wishes according to his own pleasure and counsel and enroll him in the number of religious clergy let no one whom ever presume to act in a domineering way in this we also therefore decree that he himself and successors might use and bear upon their heads to the praise of God for the honor of the Blessed Peter the diadem that is the crown which we have granted him from our own head of purest gold and precious gems since he himself the Most Blessed Pope did not at all allow that crown of gold ever to be used in the clerical crown which he wears to the glory of the Blessed Peter we placed upon his most holy head with our own hands a glittering tiara of dazzling white representing the Lord's resurrection and holding the bridle of his horse out of reverence for the Blessed Peter we performed for him one duty of groom decreed that all his successors and they alone used the same tiara in processions in imitation of our power wherefore in order that the supreme pontificate may not deteriorate but may rather be adorned with glory and power even more then is the dignity of an earthly rule behold we give over and relinquished to the aforesaid our Most Blessed pontiff Sylvester the universal Pope as well as our palace as has been set also the city of Rome and all the provinces places and cities of Italy and the western regions and we decree by this our godlike and pragmatic sanction that they are to be controlled by him and his successors and we grant that they shall remain under the law of the Holy Roman Church wherefore we have perceived it to be fitting that our Empire and the power of our Kingdom should be transferred in the regions of the East and that the province of Byzantium in the most fitting place a city should be built in our name and that our empire should there be established for where the supremacy of priests and the head of the Christian religion has been established by the heavenly Emperor it is not right that there are earthly Emperor's and they should have jurisdiction we decree moreover that all these things which through this sacred imperial and through other godlike decrees we have established and confirmed remained in violet and unshaken until the end of the world wherefore believing the Living God who commanded us to reign and in the face of his terrible judgment we entreat through this our Imperial sanction all the Emperor's of our successors and all the nobles thus a traps also the most glorious Senate and all the people in the whole world now and in all times still to come subject to our rule that no one of them in any way be allowed either to break these or in any way overthrow them if any one moreover which we do not believe prove ace corner or despiser in this matter we shall subject and bound over eternal damnation and shall feel the Holy Ones of God the chief of the Apostles Peter and Paul opposed to him in the present and the future life and he shall be burned in the lower hell and shall perish with the devil in all of the impious the page moreover of this our Imperial decree we confirming it with our Blessed hands did place above the venerable body of the Blessed Peter chief of the Apostles given at Rome on the third day before the Kalin's of April our master the Augustus Flavius Constantine for the fourth time and gala canis most illustrious men being councils you