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September 30, 2018 - Tout 20, 1735

Departure of Pope Athanasius the Second, the Twenty-Eighth Patriarch of the See of St. Mark

On this day of the year 512 A.D., departed the righteous father St. Athanasius the Second, the twenty-eighth patriarch of the See of St. Mark. This father was the steward of the churches of Alexandria. When the saintly father Abba Peter departed, the bishops and elders and the people agreed to ordain him patriarch for what they had known about his orthodox faith and knowledge. He was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. When he became patriarch, he shepherded the flock of the Lord Christ exceedingly well, and he protected them from the snatching wolves with his teachings and prayers. He sat on the Episcopal throne for three years and nine months. Then he departed in peace. May his prayers be with us all. Amen.