Book of Saints – Maruthas


(Saint) Bishop (December 4) (4th century) This holy man flourished in Mesopotamia towards the end of the fourth century. His contemporaries are unanimous in their praise of his learning, virtues and miracles. Syrian chroniclers style him Bishop of Tigrit. He attended the Council of Constantinople against Macedonius (A.D. 380), and made various other journeys to the Imperial Capital to implore the intervention of the Emperors Arcadius and Theodosius the Younger between King Isdegerdes of Persia and his persecuted Christian subjects. Saint Chrysostom pays a great tribute of praise to Saint Maruthas for his zeal in the cause of the afflicted Church of Persia. The Saint at length gained the Royal favour, and thus was enabled to build and repair churches, to restore ecclesiastical discipline and even to convoke Synods at Ctesiphon. The concluding of a Peace between Constantinople and Persia at that difficult period is due to his tact and energy. In his Episcopal city of Tigrit, he collected the scattered relics of Persian Martyrs and enshrined there so many that it gained the name of Martyropolis (City of Martyrs). The body of Saint Maruthas was soon placed among and shared the honour paid to them. Later it was translated to Egypt. Saint Maruthas has written many valuable works in the Syriac language, among them a Liturgy, a Commentary on the Gospels, and some account of his own times.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Maruthas”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 November 2014. Web. 26 July 2021. <>