Michael of Synnada

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Michael of Synnada (Michael the Confessor) (died 818) was a bishop of Synnada from 784.[1] He represented Byzantium in diplomatic missions to Harun al-Rashid and Charlemagne. He was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian because of his opposition to iconoclasm. Honored by the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, his feast day is May 23.

Life[edit]

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.[2]

Patriarch Tarasius consecrated Michael Bishop of the city of Synnada. He was present at the Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 787.[2] At the request of the Emperor, he visited Caliph Harun al-Rashid to conduct peace negotiations.[3] He also carried out diplomatic missions for Byzantium at the court of Charlemagne.

He clashed with the Emperor Leo the Armenian over Leo's policy of iconoclasm, and was exiled,[2] where he died on 23 May, 826,[4] in want and poverty, faithful to Orthodoxy to the end.[3]

He died in 818.[3]

Veneration[edit]

He is an Orthodox and Roman Catholic[5] saint. His feast day is celebrated on May 23.[2] He is invoked for protection of crops from pests. [6]

St. Michael is depicted with St. Athanasius in the Icon of the Mother of God “Economissa”.[7]

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