Michael of Synnada
Michael was much influenced by Patriarch Tarasios of Constantinople, who sent him to a monastery on the coast of the Black Sea. An associate of Saint Theophylact of Nicomedia, once during a harvest in a time of drought, they caused rainfall through their prayers. 
Patriarch Tarasius consecrated Michael Bishop of the city of Synnada. He was present at the Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 787. At the request of the Emperor, he visited Caliph Harun al-Rashid to conduct peace negotiations. He also carried out diplomatic missions for Byzantium at the court of Charlemagne.
He died in 818.
St. Michael is depicted with St. Athanasius in the Icon of the Mother of God “Economissa”.
- Steven Bigham (editor),Heroes of the Icon: People, Places, Events (2000), p. 111.
- "St Michael the Confessor the Bishop of Synnada", Orthodox Church in America
- "St Michael, Bishop of Synnada", Serbian Orthodox Church
- Saint of the Day, May 23
- "List of Saints Called Upon for Special Purposes", Orthodox Prayer
- Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
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