Wednesday, February 16, 2011

St. Severus of Antioch

Joyous feast! St. Severus is one of the great Fathers of the Church of Antioch. He was enthroned as Patriarch of Antioch in 512 as the divisions over Nestorianism and the Council of Chalcedon were hardening. During the first part of his patriarchate he did not suffer persecution, but following the enthronement of a new, pro-Chalcedon emperor St. Severus was persecuted for his opposition to Chalcedon and even threatened with death. Thanks to the intervention of the empress, St. Theodora (a former dancer venerated by both those for and against Chalcedon), St. Severus was able to escape to Egypt, where he visited the desert monasteries disguised as a simple monk. He fell asleep in the city of Sakha in 538. More here. May his blessing and prayers be with us all!

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