Pope Maximus of Alexandria
Maximus of Alexandria
|15th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark|
|Papacy began||9 November 264|
|Papacy ended||9 April 282|
|Died||April 9, 282
|Buried||Church of the Cave, Alexandria|
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Christian|
|Residence||Saint Mark's Church|
Pope Maximus of Alexandria, 15th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. He is commemorated in the Coptic Synaxarion on the 14th day of Baramudah (April 9th).
Pope Maximus was born in Alexandria from Christian parents who raised and educated him well. He excelled in the Greek language. Then he learned the doctrine of the church and was a man that feared God.
Pope Heraclas, 13th Pope, ordained him deacon on the church of Alexandria. Then Pope Dionysius, 14th Pope, ordained him priest. Because of his advancement in virtues and knowledge, the fathers the bishops chose him for the Episcopal Chair after the departure of Pope Dionysius, and he was ordained on the 12th of Hatour (November 9th., 264 A.D.).
Shortly after his enthronement, he received a letter from the council of Antioch, which included the grounds for excommunicating Paul of Samosata and his followers. He read it to the priests of Alexandria and issued a letter and sent it along with the letter of the council to all the cities of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nuba. This was to warn them from the heresy of Paul of Samosata, which was abolished by the death of this heretic.
Pope Maximus fought and guarded his flock, confirmed them in the faith with sermons and admonitions for seventeen years and five days, then departed in peace.
- Anba Maximus The Fifteenth Pope of Alexandria.
- Meinardus, Otto F.A. (2002). Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity. American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 978-977-424-757-6.
- 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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