Sainted Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople
Commemorated on May 12
Patriarch of Constantinople, was born at Constantinople in the VII Century.
His father, one of the foremost senators in Byzantium, was killed by order of
the emperor Constantine Pogonatos (668-685), and the boy Germanos was
emasculated and given over to church clergy, where he deeply studied Holy
Scripture. For his sanctity of life, Germanos was made bishop in the city of
Kizikum. Saint Germanos rose up steadfastly in defense of the Orthodox faith
against the iconoclast heretics. He was later made patriarch of Constantinople.
Saint Germanos continued to stand up against the iconoclasts and to their
spokesman, the emperor-heretic Leo III the Isaurian (717-741). But the contest
was unequal, and he was forced to put his omophor upon the prestol'
(altar-table) in the altar, and to resign the archpastoral cathedra. Then the
enraged emperor, – having accused the Patriarch the day before of heresy, sent
soldiers, who subjected the saint to beatings and threw him out of the
patriarchal residence. Saint Germanos was Patriarch for 14 years and 5 months.
He settled into a monastery, where he spent the remaining days of his life.
Holy Patriarch Germanos died in the year 740, at age 95, and was buried in the
Khoron monastery in Constantinople. Afterwards his relics were transferred to
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.