Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Flavian, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Flavian of ConstantinopleEntry

Saint Flavian was archbishop of Constantinople in 407; but through the machinations of Chrysapius, chamberlain to the emperor Theodosius the Younger, and also a relative of the heresiarch Eutychius, the just Flavian was deposed from his archiepiscopal dignity. Finding that they were unable by their snares to depose him on the charge of simony, the very incorruptibility of the upright prelate was made a pretext for his ruin. Because he would not favor heresy or make rich presents to the emperor out of the funds belonging of right to the poor of Christ, the holy archbishop was subjected to bitter persecution. He appealed at length to the Pope against the unjust sentence passed upon him; and his enemies, becoming exasperated, fell upon him, and maltreated him to such a degree that he died shortly after in exile at Ephesus

Oh, fear not in a world like this,
  And thou shalt know ere long,
Know how sublime a thing it is
  To suffer and be strong.
    – Henry W. Longfellow

Favorite Practice – To be courageous under unjust persecution.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Flavian, Bishop and Martyr”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2021. Web. 23 April 2021. <>