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|Athanasius V Matar|
|Patriarch of Antioch|
|Church||Melkite Greek Catholic Church|
|See||Patriarch of Antioch|
|Enthroned||14 August 1813|
|Reign ended||20 November 1813|
|Predecessor||Ignatius IV Sarrouf|
|Successor||Macarius IV Tawil|
|Birth name||Gabriel Matar|
20 November 1813|
Gabriel Matar was born in Damascus. He was the brother of patriarch Agapius II Matar and, as his brother, he too entered in the religious order of the Basilian Salvatorians. Gabriel Matar studied in Rome for a short period and was ordained priest in 1782. In 1798 he was consecrated bishop of Hauran by his brother patriarch Agapius II Matar, and in 1800 he was transferred to the diocese of Saida.
On 14 August 1813 Gabriel Matar was elected patriarch, under the name Athanasius, by a synod of bishops held at Ain Traz Seminary. His election had no time to be confirmed by the Roman Congregation of Propaganda Fide because he died of Pestilence shortly later on 20 November 1813.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Charon (Korolevsky), Cyril (1998) . History of the Melkite Patriarchates. 1. Eastern Christian Pubblications. pp. 123. ISBN 1892278014.
- ↑ on 2 August according to the Julian calendar
- ↑ on 8 November according to the Julian calendar
- ↑ Korolevsky, Cyril (1924). "Antioche". Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques. 3. Paris: Letouzey et Ané. pp. 651.