|St. Makarije, Serbian Patriarch
Свети Макарије патријарх српски
|His Holiness the Archbishop of Peć and Serbian Patriarch|
Makarije, ktitor of Budisavci (1568–71)
|Church||Serbian Orthodox Church|
|Birth name||Makarije Sokolović|
|Feast day||August 30 (Julian)
September 12 (Gregorian)
|Canonized||by Serbian Orthodox Church|
Makarije Sokolović (Serbian Cyrillic: Макарије Соколовић ; died 1574) was the Archbishop of Peć and Serbian Patriarch from 1557 to 1571. He was the first head of the restored Serbian Patriarchate of Peć, after its lapse in 1463 that resulted from the Ottoman conquest of Serbia. He is variously reported to have been the brother, nephew, or first cousin of the Ottoman Grand Vizier Mehmed-paša Sokolović, who used his influence in the Ottoman Empire to reestablish the Serbian Patriarchate with seat in Monastery of Peć. Patriarch Makarije is celebrated as a saint in the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Prior to the reestablishment of the Patriarchate, the Serbs were under the jurisdiction of the Archbishopric of Ochrid. Metropolitan of Smederevo Pavle was one of many that did not recognize the current status of Serb Orthodox in the Ottoman Empire, and sought to make the Serbian Church independent once again. Makarije became the First Patriarch of the renewed Serbian Patriarchate of Peć in 1557. The Ottoman Sultan gave Makarije the same rights as the Patriarch of Constantinople.
The jurisdiction of the Patriarchy was the lands of the medieval Serbian state, with Bačka, Banat, Baranja, Srem, Slavonia, Bosanska Krajina, Bosna, Lika, Krbava and Dalmatia, and had more than 40 eparchies, among some newly founded: Eparchy of Trebinje, Eparchy of Požeška etc.
Among renewed monasteries were: Banja Monastery in Priboj, Gračanica, Studenica, Patriarchal Monastery of Peć, Budisavci in Kosovo and Metohia. This started a renaissance of the Serb culture; in arts, literature and overall culture.
Because of illness he was succeeded in 1571, by his fraternal nephew Antonije Sokolović, he died in 1574.
He is included in The 100 most prominent Serbs.
- Gábor Ágoston, Bruce Alan Masters (2009). "Serbian Orthodox Church". Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire. p.520.
|Eastern Orthodox Church titles|
|Archbishop of Peć and Serbian Patriarch
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