Ignatius Isaac Azar

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Ignatius Isaac Azar
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 1709
Term ended 1722
Predecessor Ignatius George II
Successor Ignatius Shukr Aloho
Personal details
Birth name Isaac Azar
Born 1647
Mosul, Ottoman Empire
Died 18 July 1724
Mosul, Ottoman Empire

Ignatius Isaac Azar was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 1647 until his resignation in 1722.

Biography[edit]

Isaac was born in 1647 in the city of Mosul, son of Maqdisi ‘Azar and Maryam. At the age of twenty-two, he joined the Monastery of Mar Mattai where he was ordained priest by his tutor, the Maphrian Mor Baselios Habeeb II. During this time, Isaac helped to renovate the monastery and in 1675 he became abbot of the monastery.

In early 1684, Isaac was ordained metropolitan bishop of the monastery by Patriarch Ignatius Abdul Masih I at the Monastery of Mor Hananyo, upon which he took the name Severus. Three years later, Isaac was elevated to maphrian by his uncle, Ignatius George II, in Mardin where he assumed the name Baselios. As maphrian, Isaac ordained several bishops as well as many other presbyters, deacons and monks.

After the death of the patriarch in 1708, a synod was held the following year, in Amid to decide the new patriarch and Isaac was unanimously chosen. Isaac travelled to Amid where he received the certificate of investiture from the Ottoman Sultan and was proclaimed patriarch and assumed the name Ignatius on the 8th of February.

In 1722, Isaac resigned as patriarch due to his old age and on July 20th 1723 a synod proclaimed Isaac's disciple, Dionysius Shukr Allah Sani’a as his successor. He then travelled to Mosul where he died on July 18th 1724, and was buried in the Church of the Apostle Mar Tuma.

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Preceded by
Ignatius George II
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
1709–1722
Succeeded by
Ignatius Shukr Aloho