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Article 47

(Every year [or if need be oftener] four or five or more neighboring classes shall meet as a particular synod, to which each classis shall delegate two ministers and two elders. At the close of both the particular and the general synod, some church shall be empowered to determine, with advice of classis, the time and place of the next synod.)*

*Articles 47 and 48 are retained in the body of the Church Order because they belonged to the original Church Order of Dordrecht.  They are, however, put in parentheses because the Protestant Reformed Churches do not have particular synods.  (Synod of 2000, Art. 28, M.)