Father Among the Saints '''Mark of Ephesus''' ( Evgenikos), Pillar of Orthodoxy, was famous for his courageous defense of Orthodoxy at the [[Council of Florence]] (1439 A.D.) in spite of the [[John VIII Palaeologus |emperor]] and the [[ Eugenius IV of Rome|pope of Rome ]]. He held Rome to be in [[schism]] and [[heresy]] for its acceptance of the [[Filioque|''Filioque'' clause]] added to the [[Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]] and for the claims of the [[papacy]] to universal jurisdiction over the [[Church]], and was thus the only Eastern [[bishop]] to refuse to sign the decrees of the council.
He died peacefully in the year
1452 A.D. On his death bed, Mark implored Gregory, his disciple, and later Patriarch [[Gennadius II (Scholarius) of Constantinople |Gennadius]], to be careful of the snares of the West and to defend Orthodoxy.
For his efforts at the Council of Florence and his defense against the addition of the [[Filioque]], the [[Orthodox Church]] considers him a [[saint]], calling him a '''Pillar of Orthodoxy'''. His feast day is [[January 19]].
== Quotes ==
It is impossible to recall peace without dissolving the cause of the schism—the primacy of the Pope exhalting himself equal to God." [http://constans_wright.tripod. com/romans. html]
The Latins are not only schismatics but heretics. .. we did not separate from them for any other reason other than the fact that they are heretics. This is precisely why we must not unite with them unless they dismiss the addition from the Creed ''filioque'' and confess the Creed as we do." [ http://constans_wright. tripod.com/romans. html]
== External links==
*[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/stmark.aspx St. Mark of Ephesus and the False Union of Florence]
*[http://www.roca.org/OA/26/26f.htm St. Mark of Ephesus: A True Ecumenist]
rocor.org.au /stjohntheforerunnerchurch/articles/mark.html Address of St. Mark of Ephesus on the Day of His Death]