Pope Maximus of Alexandria

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Pope
Maximus of Alexandria
15th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began 9 November 264
Papacy ended 22 April 282
Predecessor Dionysius
Successor Theonas
Personal details
Born Alexandria, Egypt
Died April 22, 282(282-04-22)
Egypt
Buried Church of the Cave, Alexandria
Nationality Egyptian
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 22nd).

Pope Maximus was born in Alexandria, Egypt 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 Nubia. 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.

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Preceded by
Pope Dionysius
Pope of Alexandria
264–282
Succeeded by
Pope Theonas