Macarius II of Alexandria

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His Holiness '''Macarius II of Alexandria''' was the 69th Patriarch of Alexandria.
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He was pious and [[ascetic]] from a young age, longing for the [[monasticism|monastic]] life. He went to the desert of Scete and became a [[monk]] in the [[monastery]] of St. Macarius. He devoted himself to worship and spiritual struggle. He instructed himself by reading the [[Holy Scriptures]], their interpretation and by contemplating on its meaning. He grew in virtues and was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[priest]].
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When Abba [[Michael II of Alexandria|Mikhail]], the 68th [[Pope]] of Alexandria, departed and the papal throne became vacant, a group of [[bishop]]s and [[priest]]s went into the wilderness of Scete. They assembled in the [[church]] with the elders of Scete. They remained there for many days, searching and scouting for who would be best for this position. Finally they unanimously agreed to choose Macarius for his good character and excellent attributes. They took him and bound him against his will, and he cried out and begged them with excuses to release him saying, "I am not fit to be raised to the dignity of the Papacy."
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They brought him bound to the city of Alexandria and [[consecration of a bishop|ordained]] him [[Patriarch]]. The deed of his appointment was read in the Church of Mu'allakah (The Church of the Holy Virgin) in the Greek, Coptic, and Arabic languages.
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During his papacy, he added to his worship and piety. He taught and preached the people daily. He gave [[alms]] and did works of [[mercy]] to the poor and needy. During his papacy he never asked for any of the Church's money, but rather, he used to give a large portion of the contributions which he received to be spent on different righteous deeds. He completed 27 years in the papacy and departed in peace on [[September 15]] ([[Coptic calendar|Thout 4]]) in 1122 A.D.
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{{succession|
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before=[[Michael II of Alexandria|Michael II]]|
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title=[[List of Coptic Popes|Pope of Alexandria (Coptic)]]|
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years=1104-1131|
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after=[[Gabriel II of Alexandria|Gabriel II]]|}}
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==Source==
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*[http://www.copticchurch.net/classes/synex.php?day=4&month=1 The Departure of St. Macarius, 69th Pope of Alexandria]
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==External link==
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*[[w:Pope Macarius II of Alexandria|''Pope Macarius II of Alexandria'' at Wikipedia]]
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[[Category:Non-Chalcedonian Bishops]]
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[[Category:Non-Chalcedonian Saints]]

Latest revision as of 14:24, March 21, 2011

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Note: This article or section represents an Oriental Orthodox (Non-Chalcedonian) perspective, which may differ from an Eastern Orthodox (Chalcedonian) understanding.

His Holiness Macarius II of Alexandria was the 69th Patriarch of Alexandria.

He was pious and ascetic from a young age, longing for the monastic life. He went to the desert of Scete and became a monk in the monastery of St. Macarius. He devoted himself to worship and spiritual struggle. He instructed himself by reading the Holy Scriptures, their interpretation and by contemplating on its meaning. He grew in virtues and was ordained a priest.

When Abba Mikhail, the 68th Pope of Alexandria, departed and the papal throne became vacant, a group of bishops and priests went into the wilderness of Scete. They assembled in the church with the elders of Scete. They remained there for many days, searching and scouting for who would be best for this position. Finally they unanimously agreed to choose Macarius for his good character and excellent attributes. They took him and bound him against his will, and he cried out and begged them with excuses to release him saying, "I am not fit to be raised to the dignity of the Papacy."

They brought him bound to the city of Alexandria and ordained him Patriarch. The deed of his appointment was read in the Church of Mu'allakah (The Church of the Holy Virgin) in the Greek, Coptic, and Arabic languages.

During his papacy, he added to his worship and piety. He taught and preached the people daily. He gave alms and did works of mercy to the poor and needy. During his papacy he never asked for any of the Church's money, but rather, he used to give a large portion of the contributions which he received to be spent on different righteous deeds. He completed 27 years in the papacy and departed in peace on September 15 (Thout 4) in 1122 A.D.


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Macarius II of Alexandria
Preceded by:
Michael II
Pope of Alexandria (Coptic)
1104-1131
Succeeded by:
Gabriel II
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