Orthodox Saint Paul the Confessor History and Name Day Information
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Saint Paul the Confessor, not to be confused with the Apostle Paul, is one of the saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. Learning about the saints is an important part of the church’s history, and every saint’s life is worth studying. Each saint also has his or her own feast day. Those who are named after the saints would celebrate their name day on the saints’ feast days.
Saint Paul the Confessor, also called Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople, is one of those saints. His feast day is celebrated on November 6th of each year. Here’s more information about him:
About Saint Paul the Confessor
Saint Paul the Confessor was originally from Thessaloniki but he eventually become the Patriarch of Constantinople. He took on this role after Saint Alexander was no longer in it. Although we don’t know the exact date this occurred, some believe that he was appointed the as the patriarch around 337 AD.
At the time when he was in Constantinople, the church had problems with the heretical teachings of the Arians, which is a system of beliefs that originated with a priest from Alexandria named Arius. The Arians deviated from Christianity because they believed that Jesus, the Son of God, was created by the Father. This thinking goes against Orthodox Christian beliefs of the Triune God.
He wanted to spread the word that Arianism was a heresy and because of this, the Arians wanted to drive him out of the position. He eventually was imprisoned and he passed away in 350 while he was under house arrest. His relics were brought back to Constantinople.
Hymns of Saint Paul the Confessor
Saint Paul the Confessor’s feast day is on November 6th of each year. Here are the hymns that are sung or chanted on his day.
Apolytikion of Paul the Confessor – Third Tone
Thy confession of the one divine Faith showed thee to the Church to be a new Paul and a zealot among priests, O holy one. The righteous blood both of Abel and Zachary with thee doth cry out together unto the Lord. Righteous Father, intercede with Christ God in our behalf that His great mercy may be granted unto us.
Kontakion of Paul the Confessor – Second Tone
Thou shonest on earth, a star bright with celestial light, and now thou dost shine enlightenment on all the Church, in behalf of which thou didst struggle, laying down thine own life, O Paul, and like Abel and Zachary, thy blood doth cry out most clearly to the Lord.
Saint Paul the Confessor is one of the early saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. His feast day is on November 6th of each year. Check the Name Day page for more information about other Orthodox Christian name days.
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