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Alexander I of Antioch

Alexander I was bishop of Antioch during the early decades of the fifth century. His mediation efforts led to restoration of communion between the Meletian and Eustathian groups, ending the Meletian schism at Antioch.

Little is known of the life of Alexander. Before his consecration as bishop, Alexander was known for his ascetic life, one of self discipline, poverty, and self-denial. He was also noted for his wisdom and eloquence. Through his efforts the Church of Constantinople restored the name of John Chrysostom to the diptychs of the Church.

Alexander succeeded Porphyrus as bishop of Antioch. The date of his ascension to the see of Antioch is given variously as 408, 412[1], and 413[2], while the date given for his death varies from 417 to 421.

In 415, Alexander, through his exhortations, brought the followers of Eustathius, Paulinus, and Evagrius, back into communion within the Church of Antioch. In a day of rejoicing, he led the united group of both clergy and laity in a great procession to an assembly in the great church in Antioch, filling the forum with people.

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