Pope Avilius of Alexandria
Avilius of Alexandria
|3rd Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark|
|Papacy began||December 83|
|Papacy ended||11 September 95|
|Ordination||43 AD. (Priesthood)|
|Died||11 September 95
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Christian|
|Residence||Saint Mark's Church|
|Feast day||11 September (1 Thout in the Coptic Calendar)|
Pope Avilius of Alexandria (Abilius in the West), also known as Sabellius, Milius or Melyos, 3rd Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. Upon the death of Bishop Anianus, all the suffragan bishops and priests of his area converged in Alexandria, Egypt where they conferred with the laity about the next appointment to the position.
Avilius was unanimously elected by the people in the month of December (Kiahk), 83 AD, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus. He was renowned for his chastity and described as pious and caring for the people of Christ. He continued to establish the people in faith until they greatly increased in Egypt, Pentapolis, and Africa.
The Egyptians started to renounce the worship of idols and they clamored in joining Christianity in groups. During his time there was tranquility and the Church enjoyed total peace.
Some historians claim that Emperor Domitianus had expelled Avilius from the Throne of Alexandria, and installed another in his place. However, there is no proof to this story and it was not recorded by historians. He remained in that position for twelve years, and departed on the first of Thout (11 September), in the year 95 AD. Avilius was buried next to the remains of St. Mark the Evangelist in the Church of Bucalis in Alexandria, Egypt.
He is venerated as a saint in various churches. His feast day in the Coptic Church is 1 Thout (in the Coptic calendar, which currently corresponds to 11 September in the Gregorian Calendar), and on 29 August and 29 March in the Roman Catholic Church, and 22 February in Greek Orthodox Church.
- "St. Melyos (Milius), the Third Pope of Alexandria". Official network of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All of Africa.
- Meinardus, Otto F.A. (2002). Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity. American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 978-977-424-757-6.
- Holweck, F. G., A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints. St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co. 1924.
- Atiya, Aziz S. The Coptic Encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1991. ISBN 0-02-897025-X
- The Official website of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy See of Saint Mark the Apostle
- Coptic Documents in French
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