Macarius (Sokolović) of Peć

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Our father amoung the saints Makarije (Sokolović) (''also Macarius;'' '''Свети Макарије Патријарх Српски''') was Serbian Patriarch from 1557 to 1570/71. His feast is [[August 30]],/[[September 12]],together with patriarchs St. Kirilo and St. Nikon.
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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Makarije (Sokolović) of Pec''' (''also Macarius;'' '''Свети Макарије Патријарх Српски''') was the Serbian Patriarch from 1557 to 1570/71. His feast is [[August 30]],/[[September 12]], together with Patriarchs St. Kirilo and St. Nikon.
  
== Early life ==
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== Life ==
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He was born in Selo Sokolovići near Višegrad. The Grand Vezir of Ottoman Empire, Mehmed-Paša Sokolović, was either his brother or first cоusin. The two of them, as a boys, were sent to Mileševa [[Monastery]], to prepare for the [[priest]]hood. Bajo, later Mehmed-Pasha was piced(?) up in devshirma (''tribute-in-blood''). Makarije stayed in monastery. He later left Mileševa and traveled to [[Mount Athos]] where he later was named [[igumen]] of [[Chilandari Monastery (Athos)|Hilandar Monastery]]. He was raised to the rank of [[archimandrite]]. He was consecrated [[bishop]] few years before the reestablishment of the Serbian Patriarchate.
He was born in selo Sokolovići near Višegrad. Grand Vezir of Otomane Empire Mehmed-Paša Sokolović was his brother or first cоusin. Two of them, as a boys were sent to Mileševa Monastery, to learn for pristhood. Bajo, later Mehmed-Pasha was piced up in devshirma (''tribute-in-blood'').
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Makarije stayed in Monastery. He later left Mileševa and gone for Mont Athos. He was later [[igumen]] of Hilandar Monastery. He was raised [[Archimandrite]]. He was consecrated few years before reestablishing of Serbian Patriarchate.
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There is a question whether was he the first Patriarch after the reestablishment of the patriarchate. In ''Pećko Skazanije'', it
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is written that before him Patriarch Nikanor (1550-1557) was the first patriarch. Other sources state that Sultan Suleiyman, the Magnificent, approved reestablishment of the Peć Patriarchate.
  
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Makarije's official title was: '' Archbishop of Peć and Patriarch of Serbs and Bulgarians''. The inclusion of the Bulgarians was due to the fact that some [[diocese]]s in Bulgaria were part of the Peć Patriarchate. This was done, certainly, with help of Mehmed. Patr. Makarije reorganized Serbian Church, established new dioceses, and rebuilt many monasteries. The Turkish Government, which was led by his brother, recognised him as etharch, mylet-pasha, leader of Serbian Nation.
  
== Patriarch ==
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Church courts had almost full jurisdictional power on Christians, similar to that of the Ecumenical Patrirchate. During his tenure ten new dioceses were created and several importnant monasteries were rebuilt. Most important among them was Banja Monastery. Makarije opened many schools in monasteries. When he grew old he selected his nephew, Metropolitan Antonije of Herzegovina, as his successor in 1570/1. The [[Holy Synod]] on its session in Banja Monastery approved this decision.
  
It is great question was he first Patriarch after reestablishing. In ''Pećko Skazanije''
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St. Makarije died in September 1574. Soon after death he was glorified. The Very Right Reverend Professor Radoslav Grujić said that St. Makarije was most importnant among primates of [[Church of Serbia]] after Saint Sava.  
is written that befor him was Patriarch Nikanor (1550-1557). In other sorces is written that Sultan Suleiyman the Magnificent aproved reestablishing of Peć Patriarchate.
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Makarije's oficiall  title was: '' Archbishop of Peć and Patriarch of Serbs and Bulgarians''.
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This Bulgarians was from the fact that some dioceses in Bulgharia became parts of Peć Patriarchate.
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This was done, ceartenly, with help of Mehmed. Patriarch Makarije reorganised Serbian Church, established new Dioceses, rebuilt a lot of Monasteries. Turkish Governmant, wich lead his brother, recognised him as etnarch, mylet-pasha, leader of Serbian Nation.
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Church courts had almost full judical power on Christians , symilar as theese in Ecumenicl Patrirchate. During his tenure ten new dioceses were created, and several importnant monasteries were rebuilt. Most importnant of them was Banja Monastery.
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Makarije opened numerous schools in Monasteries. 
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When he came in ages he selected his nephew Metropolitan Antonije of Herzegovina  as his successor 1570/1. Synod on its session in Banja Monastery aproved this decision.
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Saint Makarije died in Septemer 1574. Soon after death he was glorified. Very right reverend professor Radoslav Grujić sad that St. Makarije was most importnant among primates of [[Church of Serbia]] after Saint Sava.  
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Revision as of 11:53, March 25, 2007

Our father among the saints Makarije (Sokolović) of Pec (also Macarius; Свети Макарије Патријарх Српски) was the Serbian Patriarch from 1557 to 1570/71. His feast is August 30,/September 12, together with Patriarchs St. Kirilo and St. Nikon.

Life

He was born in Selo Sokolovići near Višegrad. The Grand Vezir of Ottoman Empire, Mehmed-Paša Sokolović, was either his brother or first cоusin. The two of them, as a boys, were sent to Mileševa Monastery, to prepare for the priesthood. Bajo, later Mehmed-Pasha was piced(?) up in devshirma (tribute-in-blood). Makarije stayed in monastery. He later left Mileševa and traveled to Mount Athos where he later was named igumen of Hilandar Monastery. He was raised to the rank of archimandrite. He was consecrated bishop few years before the reestablishment of the Serbian Patriarchate.

There is a question whether was he the first Patriarch after the reestablishment of the patriarchate. In Pećko Skazanije, it is written that before him Patriarch Nikanor (1550-1557) was the first patriarch. Other sources state that Sultan Suleiyman, the Magnificent, approved reestablishment of the Peć Patriarchate.

Makarije's official title was: Archbishop of Peć and Patriarch of Serbs and Bulgarians. The inclusion of the Bulgarians was due to the fact that some dioceses in Bulgaria were part of the Peć Patriarchate. This was done, certainly, with help of Mehmed. Patr. Makarije reorganized Serbian Church, established new dioceses, and rebuilt many monasteries. The Turkish Government, which was led by his brother, recognised him as etharch, mylet-pasha, leader of Serbian Nation.

Church courts had almost full jurisdictional power on Christians, similar to that of the Ecumenical Patrirchate. During his tenure ten new dioceses were created and several importnant monasteries were rebuilt. Most important among them was Banja Monastery. Makarije opened many schools in monasteries. When he grew old he selected his nephew, Metropolitan Antonije of Herzegovina, as his successor in 1570/1. The Holy Synod on its session in Banja Monastery approved this decision.

St. Makarije died in September 1574. Soon after death he was glorified. The Very Right Reverend Professor Radoslav Grujić said that St. Makarije was most importnant among primates of Church of Serbia after Saint Sava.


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Macarius (Sokolović) of Peć
Preceded by:
Nikanor(disputed)
Patriarch of Serbia
1557-1570/71
Succeeded by:
Antonije
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