Book of Saints – Ignatius of Constantinople


(October 23) (Saint) Bishop (9th century) Son of the Byzantine Emperor Michael (who was driven from the throne by Leo the Armenian), Saint Ignatius was born at Constantinople about A.D. 799. Successively a Monk, Abbot, and Priest, he was elected Patriarch A.D. 842. His uncompromising denunciation of the vices of the Court raised up many enemies against him, chief among them Bardas Csosar, uncle of the dissolute youth known as the Emperor Michael the Drunkard. In the end, Ignatius was driven into exile and his See usurped by Photius, a clever but ambitious and unscrupulous man. With Photius may be said to have originated the Greek Schism, which, consummated two centuries later by Michael Caerularius, has cut off the East from Catholic Communion for nearly a thousand years. Saint Ignatius was recalled to Constantinople after nine years of banishment by the Emperor Basil the Macedonian, and governed his Church till his death at the age of eighty (October 23, A.D. 878). His memory was speedily venerated as that of a Saint both in the East and in the West.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Ignatius of Constantinople”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2016. Web. 20 September 2020. <>