Book of Saints – Meletius – 12 February

Saint Meletius of AntiochArticle

(Saint) Bishop (February 12) (4th century) Born at Melitene in Armenia, he became Bishop of Sebaste in that country; but was shortly afterwards elected to fill the great Patriarchal See of Antioch, at a time (A.D. 360) when that Church was struggling in the throes of a schism. This was done in the hope that his sincerity, virtues and kindly disposition might effect the reconciliation of the contending parties. But within a month the Emperor Constantius sent him into exile. Recalled for a brief space under the Emperor Jovian, he was again banished, and not fully reinstated till towards the end of A.D. 378, under Gratian. He held a Council of one hundred and fifty Bishops, and was prominent in that of Constantinople (A.D. 381). He enthroned Saint Gregory Nazianzen as Bishop of the Imperial city. Saint Meletius died during the sitting of the Council of Constantinople; but his body was carried back to Antioch and laid beside that of Saint Babylas, the Martyr- Patron of the city. Both Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Gregory of Nyssa preached Panegyrics of Saint Meletius; and Saint John Damascene gives him the title of Martyr.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Meletius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 May 2015. Web. 18 February 2019. <>