Euthymius IV of Chios

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His Beatitude Euthymius IV of Chios, also Meletios Euthymius IV of Chios, was the Patriarch of Antioch of the Church of Antioch from 1635 to 1647. [1]

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Life

Meletios was born of a family originally from the island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. The date of his birth is not known. He entered the Mar Saba monastery, near Bethlehem, where he became a hieromonk. He became known as painter of icons which led to his being called to Damascus to paint the cathedral.

The dying Patriarch Euthymius III Karmah suggested Meletios as his successor. Euthymius III died January 1, 1635 and shortly after his death Meletios was elected patriarch. Taking the name Euthymius IV, he was consecrated patriarch by Philotheos of Homs, Simeon of Saidnaya, and Joachim of Zabadani.

He is remembered as the "timid" Patriarch in that he did not display the courage of his predecessor. His maintained very good relations with the Latin missionaries in Syria even though he never wrote directly to the pope. He died of illness in Damascus on October 11, 1647.

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Euthymius IV of Chios
Preceded by:
Euthymius III Karmah
Patriarch of Antioch
1635-1647
Succeeded by:
Macarius III (Zaim)
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  1. He is also known as Euthymius III.

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