Mennas of Constantinople

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Our Father among the saints '''Menas, Patriarch of Constantinople''', (also '''Mennas''') is remembered by the Church  on [[August 25]].
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==Life==
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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]]. 
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Because of his profound virtue and firm confession of Orthodoxy, he became to be [[Patriarch]] of [[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]]. 
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Early in 536 St. Agapitus I, [[Pope]] of [[Church of Rome|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.
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The holy Patriarch Menas ruled the Church of Constantinople for sixteen years. During his patriarchate at Constantinople, the famous [[Hagia Sophia (Constantinople)|Church of Hagia Sophia]], the Wisdom of God, was consecrated. The saint died peacefully in the year 552.
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==External link==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102397 St Menas the Patriarch of Constantinople]- [[OCA]] Website
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*[http://www.ec-patr.org/list/index.php?lang=en&id=55 Menas] - [[Church of Constantinople]] website 
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{{succession|
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before=Anthimus I|
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title=[[List of Patriarchs of Constantinople|Patriarch of Constantinople]]|
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years= 536-552|
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after=[[Eutychius of Constantinople| Eutychius]] }}
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[[Category:Bishops]]
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[[Category:Patriarchs of Constantinople]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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