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Our Father among the saints Menas, Patriarch of Constantinople, (also Mennas) is remembered by the Church on August 25.


Saint Menas was at first a presbyter and supervisor of the Home of St Sampson, a hospitable for the poor and needy in Constantinople during the reign of St Justinian I.

Because of his profound virtue and firm confession of Orthodoxy, he became to be Patriarch of Constantinople.

Early in 536, St. Agapitus I, Pope of Rome, came to Constantinople to depose the heretic Anthimus. While there he participated in the consecration of Menas. Later in 547, during the Three Chapters controversy, Pope Vigilius arrived at Constantinople, and cut Mennas off from communion for four months. Mennas retorted by striking the pope's name off the diptychs. They soon reconciled, but in 551 Mennas was again, for a short time, excommunicated by Rome.

The holy Patriarch Menas ruled the Church of Constantinople for sixteen years. During his patriarchate at Constantinople, the famous Church of Hagia Sophia, the Wisdom of God, was consecrated. The saint died peacefully in the year 552.

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Preceded by:
Anthimus I
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by:

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