The annual baptisms of adult heathen are 190,000; those of heathen children at the point of death, 450,000.
Their churches are non -parochial, and they can perform such rites as baptisms, marriages, &c., only by permission of the parish priest, who is entitled to receive all fees due in respect of these ministrations.
Baptisms were usually conferred at Easter and in the season of Pentecost which ensued, and by the bishop or by priests and deacons commissioned by him.
We hear of all three feasts being habitually chosen in Jerusalem early in the 4th century, but fifty years later baptisms seem to have been almost confined to Easter.
In acts of martyrdom, as late as the age of Decius, we read of baptisms in rivers, in lakes and in the sea.