Sainted Alexander, Patriarch of Alexandria
Commemorated on May 29
Patriarch of Alexandria, was the chief defender of the Orthodox Faith
destined to engage in struggle with the heretic Arius. Saint Alexander governed
the Alexandria Church from the years 313 to 326. The life of the saint occurred
during a difficult period in the history of the Church, when it became
necessary to defend the Orthodox confession of faith from the heresy of Arius.
Striving to preserve the unity of the Orthodox Church, Saint Alexander with all
his resolve rose up in struggle for the truth. In numerous written missives and
talks he denounced the false teachings and errors of the arch-heretic Arius and
his followers. Seeing the irreconcilability of Arius, the saint convened a
Local Council (around the year 320), at which the heresy of Arius and his
confederates was condemned, and they themselves excommunicated from the Church.
Arius however continued to sow dissension with the Alexandrian and other
Churches. At the proceedings of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in the
year 325 Saint Alexander was one of the chief participants. The Council
condemned and bestowed anathema upon the heresy of Arius. The activity of Saint
Alexander, a brave defender of Apostolic dogmas, made possible the preserving
of the truthful integrity of the Christian teaching about the Holy Trinity. The
blessed end of the saint followed in the year 326.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.