St Gennadius, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Commemorated August 31 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

He followed St Anatolius as Patriarch, and was a contemporary of St Marcian (Jan. 10th) and St Daniel Stylites (Dec. 11th). The famous monastery of the Studion was founded in his time, thus named for the Roman senator Studius, who came to Constantinople and, with Patriarch Gennadius' blessing, built the church of St John the Forerunner and the monastery beside it. Gennadius was very gentle and abstinent. He was never willing to ordain any man who did not know the whole Psalter by heart. He presided at a local Council in Constantinople at which simony in the Church was anathematised. He worked miracles, and learned of his death in a vision. He governed the Church for thirteen years, and went peacefully to the Lord in 471.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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