ALEXANDER of Antioch

ALEXANDER of Antioch. Bishop of Antioch 413 421. Prior to his election he led an ascetic life. Essentially he ended the long schism of Antioch by persuading the old partisans of Eustathius and Paulinus, who until then had refused any proposal of union, to rejoin the Catholic community; only a small group refused. In a spirit of unity, he also reintroduced John Chrysostom’s name in the distichs. Alexander’s election was for this reason also recognized by Innocent of Rome, whom Alexander had asked to intervene against the Cypriots, who wanted to terminate their juridical dependence on Antioch; pope Innocent wrote to the Cypriots on this matter of John, patriarch of Antioch. He participated at the Council of Ephesus 431 and with Alexander of Hierapolis sought to delay its opening until the arrival of John of Antioch, against the contrary decision of Cyril of Alexandria. He was among the signers of the statement against the deposition of Nestorius and of Cyril’s excommunication. He himself was excommunicated in the fifth session of the council; when representatives of the various parties were sent to Constantinople, he delegated his powers to Apringius of Chalcis. A brief letter of his of 434 to Alexander of Hierapolis survives in Latin translation; in it he indicates a desire to meet, perhaps to convince him to enter into communion with John of Antioch and Cyril of Alexandria. CPG 6390; PG 84, 746; ACO I, 4 1922-1923, 89-90; DCB 1, 82- 83; Hfl-Lecl II,1 1908 296.313-314; DHGE 2, 191.
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