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St. Alexander the Patriarch of Constantinople

An icon of St. Alexander the Patriarch of Constantinople.

The Icon

His Holiness Patriarch Alexander is shown in icons in his Patriarchal vestments holding the Gospel and giving an episcopal blessing with his right hand. The fingers of his right hand form the Greek letter X an C to symbolize Jesus Christ. During his life he had to contend with the Arians and with pagans. Once, in a dispute with a pagan philosopher the saint said to him, "In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ I command you to be quiet!" and the pagan suddenly became mute.

Feast Day - August 30th

Troparion - Tone 3

Initiates of Heaven and teachers of divine truth,
You faithfully tended the Church of Christ,
Holy Alexander champion of the Trinity,
John the son of grace and Paul the crown of bishops.
Together we all praise you.

Kontakion - Tone 8

Burning with the love of Christ and taking up the yoke of His holy Cross,
You became imitators of His life and communicants of His divine glory.
O divinely wise Alexander, wondrous John and glorious Paul,
Standing before His throne, pray fervently for our souls.

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