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Friday, November 7, 2014

November 886-893 A.D. Stephen I—Constantinople’s 87th; Nothing Distinctive Here

November 886-893 A.D.  Stephen I—Constantinople’s 87th;  Nothing Distinctive Here

Stephen I of Constantinople

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Lead seal of "Stephen, Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome", either of Stephen I or of Stephen II

Miniature from the Madrid Skylitzesshowing Stephen participating, with his elder brother Alexander, in the translation ofMichael III's relics to the Holy Apostles in 886

Stephen I (Greek: Στέφανος Α΄, Stephanos I) (November 867 – 18 May 893) was the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 886 to 893.

Born at Constantinople, Stephen was the son of Eudokia Ingerina and, officially, Emperor Basil I. However, at the time when he was conceived, Eudokia was the mistress of Emperor Michael III. Consequently, it is possible or even probable that like his older brother Leo VI the Wise, Stephen was actually Michael's son.

Castrated by Basil I, Stephen became a monk and was designated for a career in the church since his childhood. In 886 his brother, the new Emperor Leo VI, dismissed the Patriarch Photios and appointed the 19-year old Stephen as patriarch in his stead.

As patriarch Stephen participated in the ceremonial reburial of Michael III by Leo VI in the imperial mausoleum attached to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. There are no important events associated with Stephen's patriarchate and the patriarch, who acquired a reputation for piety, died in May 893. His feast day in the Orthodox Church is on May 18.[1]


1.    Jump up^ (Greek)  γιος Στέφανος Πατριάρχης Κωνσταντινουπόλεως. 18 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.


Preceded by
Photios I
Succeeded by
Antony II

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