Catholic Dictionary – Antidicomarianites


(literally “opponents of Mary”). A sect of heretics in Arabia, to whom Saint Epiphanius directed an epistle and of whom he gives an account in his work on heresies. They held, that, after Christ’s birth, Mary had other children by Saint Joseph. They are said to have derived this error from disciples of Apollinaris. The Collyridians, a sect of the same time and country, also mentioned by Epiphanius, went to another extreme. Women of this sect offered cakes or rolls in Mary’s honour and afterwards partook of them. This superstition first arose in Thrace and Scythia. Against these heresies Saint Epiphanius lays down the Catholic principle, that Mary is to be honoured, but God only to be adored.

MLA Citation

  • “Antidicomarianites”. A Catholic Dictionary, 1893. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2014. Web. 4 August 2021. <>