Book of Saints – Athenogenes


(Saint) Martyr (June 18) (2nd century) An aged priest, who while being burned at the stake, somewhere in Pontus (Asia Minor), is said to have repeated the beautiful Evening Hymn which he had formerly composed, and which still forms a striking feature in the Greek Vesper service. The date of his martyrdom is given as A.D. 196. Saint Basil quotes him as an authority on theological questions. But there is much obscurity about him. The learned Cardinal Baronius goes so far as to think he may be identical with the well-known Christian writer Athenagoras. Saint Athenogenes has also been credited with the composition of the hymn, Gloria in excelsis.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Athenogenes”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 August 2012. Web. 23 October 2020. <>