Saint Mary of Constantinople

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Married to Saint Xenophon of Constantinople, mother of Saint John and Saint Arcadius. Member of the wealthy governing class of 5th century imperial Constantinople, she was known as a Christian who lived a simple life. To give their sons a good education, Xenophon and Mary sent them to university in Beirut, Phoenicia. However, their ship wrecked, there was no communication from them, and the couple assumed, naturally, that the young men had died at sea. Years later, the elderly couple made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where they encountered their sons living as monks. Grateful to have her family re-united, and taking it as a sign, Mary gave up her position in society in Constantinople, and lived the rest of her life as an anchoress in Jerusalem. A few years later, the entire family was martyred together.



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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Mary of Constantinople“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2017. Web. 22 October 2020. <>