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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Paul the Confessor''' or '''Paul I of Constantinople''' lived during the fourth century, and served as [[Patriarch of Constantinople|Archbishop of Constantinople]] (337-339, 341-342, 346-351).
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The [[Arianism|Arians]], led by the Eastern emperor, Constantius, revolted against the election of Paul to his [[see]].  Emperor Constantius held a council, banishing Paul and electing in his stead Eusebius of [[Nicomedia]].  Eusebius also banished other Orthodox [[bishop]]s to Rome.  After Eusebius died, Paul returned to Constantinople.  Although he was greeted warmly by the people, Emperor Constantius once again banished him to Rome.  The Western emperor, Constans, returned Paul to Constantinople with a threatening letter to his eastern co-ruler, resulting in Paul's reinstatement as archbishop.
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After Constans was murdered in a palace coup, Paul was banished again, but now to Cucusus in Armenia.  There, celebrating the [[Divine Liturgy]], Arians came upon him and strangled him with his [[omophorion]].
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In 381, Emperor [[Theodosius the Great]] transferred St. Paul's [[relics]] to Constantinople.  Nearly a thousand years later, in 1326, they were further moved to [[Venice]].
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before=[[Alexander of Constantinople|Alexander]]<br>[[Eusebius of Nicomedia]]<br>[[Macedonius I of Constantinople|Macedonius I]]|
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title=[[List of Patriarchs of Constantinople|Archbishop of Constantinople]]|
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years=337-339<br>341-342<br>346-351|
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after=[[Eusebius of Nicomedia]]<br>[[Macedonius I of Constantinople|Macedonius I]]<br>[[Macedonius I of Constantinople|Macedonius I]]}}
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==Source==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103185 St Paul the Confessor the Archbishop of Constantinople] ([[OCA]])
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==External links==
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=276 Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=November&day=6 Saint Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
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*[http://www.ukrainian-orthodoxy.org/saints/beauty/stPaul.html "If you desire a shepherd who will teach you and who will shine with virtues, choose Paul": St. Paul the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople]
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*[http://home.iprimus.com.au/xenos/paulconfessor.html St Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople] ([[GOAA]])
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*[http://www.ec-patr.org/list/index.php?lang=en&id=28 Paul I] - [[Church of Constantinople]] website 
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[[Category:Bishops]]
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[[Category:Martyrs]]
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[[Category:Patriarchs of Constantinople]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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