The PriestMartyr Gregory V, Patriarch of Constantinople
Commemorated on April 10
Gregory V, Patriarch of Constantinople, thrice occupied the cathedra-chair
(1797-1799, 1806-1808, 1819-1821). During these times Greece found itself under
the harsh Turkish yoke. many Greek patriots lived in the hope to again win
national independence. They found active and authoritative support in a brave
champion for freedom of their native land – in the holy Patriarch Gregory V.
His connections with the Greek patriots came to light only when Alexander
Ipsilanti with his army crossed over the River Prut against sultan Makhmul. One
of the companions of the saint advised him to flee from Constantinople to
Moreia. The saint answered him thus: "I sense, that the fishes of the
Bosphorus will nibble at my body, but I shall die happy in the name of saving
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.