Commemorated on August 31
Saint Gennadius, Patriarch of Constantinople, ascended the throne of
the Church of Constantinople in the year 458, during the reign of the
holy emperor Leo the Great (457-474). His life is known from the book
THE SPIRITUAL MEADOW in which tales of Sts Sophronius and John, monks of
Salamis monastery near Alexandria, were recorded. These monks were
clergy of the Church of Constantinople under Patriarch Gennadius.
Gennadius was distinguished for his mildness, tolerance, purity and
abstinence. One may get some idea of the power of his prayer from the
following instance: in the church of the holy Martyr Eleutherius at
Constantinople was a disreputable reader Charisius, spending his life in
idleness, impurity and even occupying himself with murder and sorcery.
For a long time, St Gennadius admonished him with gentleness and
patience, but Charisius did not change his conduct. The Patriarch
resorted to strictness and gave orders to chastize and discipline the
disreputable cleric. But even after the punishment, he did not correct
Patriarch Gennadius then sent his emissary in his name to
the holy Martyr Eleutherius (August 4) in whose church Charisius served
as a reader. Entering the temple, the emissary of the Patriarch came
before the altar, stretched out his hand to the grave of the martyr and
said: “Holy Martyr Eleutherius! Patriarch Gennadius declares to you,
through me a sinner, that the cleric Charisius, serving in your temple,
does much iniquity and creates great scandal; therefore, either improve
him or cut him off from the Church.”
On the following morning, Charisius was found dead.
instance, displaying the great strength of prayer of St Gennadius,
occurred with one of the portrait painters who dared to paint an image
of Christ, giving the Savior the features of the pagan god Zeus. The
hand of the painter, having done such blasphemy, immediately withered.
The repentant painter was brought in the church and confessed all his
sins to the Patriarch. St Gennadius prayed over the sinner, and the hand
of the painter was healed.
To settle iniquitous actions and false
teachings arising in the Church, St Gennadius summoned a local Council
which condemned the Eutychian heresy and prohibited simony (ordination
for a payment of money). The saint would not ordain a man to the
priesthood unless he was quite knowledgeable in Holy Scripture, and knew
the Psalter by heart.
During the patriarchate of St Gennadius, a
temple was built in honor of St John the Forerunner. Then a certain
senator Studius of Rome founded a monastery which later became known as
the Studion. The church steward under the holy Patriarch Gennadius was
St Marcian (January 10). The Patriarch also ordained St Daniel the
Stylite (December 11) to the priesthood.
St Gennadius was the
author of dialogues and commentaries on the Prophet Daniel (the works
have not survived). There is also his Encyclical Against Simony,
affirmed by a Council of the year 459. St Gennadius governed the Church
of Constantinople for thirteen years. He died peacefully in the year
One night while he was praying, it was revealed to the saint
that a powerful enemy would fall upon his flock. He incessantly offered
up prayer for the peace of the Church, that the Lord would preserve it
invincible against the gates of Hades.
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