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Marutha of Tikrit

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From Edessa the Saint went to Dayro d'Mor Matai (the Monastery of St. Matthew) near Nineveh to teach theology. While teaching at Mor Matai, St. Marutha also reformed the liturgical life of the Monastery. At the end of 628 the Saint was consecrated Maphrian of Tikrit and the East, becoming the first Maphrian of the East. (Prior to the Mongol invasions the city of Tikrit, famous today as the hometown of both Saladdin and Saddam Hussein, hosted a large Syriac Orthodox monastery and served for several centuries as the seat of the Maphrians of the East.)
After his election as maphrian St. Marutha convened a council at Mor Matai to deal with issues in the life of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Mesopotamia and the East. The Church itself was organized into 12 dioceses, with 3 new dioceses being established in what today are Azerbaijan, eastern Iran, and Afghanistan. It was also under St. Marutha that the [[Fast of Nineveh]] was adopted by the Syriac Orthodox Church in Mesopotamia from the [[Assyrian Church of the East|Church of the East]].
Maphrian St. Marutha of Tikrit and the East fell asleep in the Lord on 2 May 649.

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