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    – Proverbs 15:1 –

    A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
    Have you ever tried to argue in a whisper? It is equally hard to argue
    with someone who insists on answering gently. On the other hand, a
    rising voice and harsh words almost always trigger an angry response.
    To turn away wrath and seek peace, choose gentle words.

    August 28th – St. Alexander of Constantinople

    St. Alexander was an archpastor (rural bishop) in the time of the most
    holy Mitrofan, the first Patriarch of Constantinople. [ruled as
    Patriarch from 315 to 325] This Alexander was richly adorned with all
    manner of good works. When the First Ecumenical Council was called in
    Nicea, Alexander was sent to the Council as a zealous champion of
    piety, for Patriarch Mitrofan was unable to attend the Council by
    reason of his great age and bodily infirmities. Acting as the
    Patriarch's representative, Alexander zealously defended the Orthodox
    Faith against the impious Anus (Arius). When the Council had finished
    its work, and Alexander was already on his way back to Constantinople,
    an angel of the Lord appeared to blessed Mitrofan and said:

    "In ten days shalt thou receive a crown from God. Let thy servant
    Alexander ascend the Patriarchal throne after thee..."

    The righteous Emperor Constantine, together with many fathers of the
    Church, came to the most holy Patriarch Mitrofan who was already on
    his death-bed. When asked whom he blessed to receive the Patriarchal
    throne after him, Mitrofan answered:

    "The Lord has revealed to me that my servant Alexander, truly worthy
    to be chosen and worthy of the Gift of the Holy Spirit, shall have the
    throne after me."

    As Patriarch of Constantinople, Alexander shepherded Christ's rational
    flock with diligence, driving off the wolves-heretics and pagan
    Hellenes, for it was not only against the Arians, but also against the
    pagan philosophers that Alexander had to wage a great struggle

    Once certain of' the pagan philosophers were emboldened to persuade
    the Emperor that in rejecting the ancient faith of his fathers, and
    also Roman and Greek laws, he had taken on some new faith and new laws
    which, they claimed, had led to the decline of the Empire. The
    philosophers received the Emperor's consent to enter into a debate on
    faith with Bishop Alexander. Although not learned in pagan philosophy,
    God's luminary Alexander was filled with the Holy Spirit and he did
    not shrink from the debate.

    When the philosophers had gathered in great number, they chose from
    among themselves one whom they considered to be the wisest. The latter
    was presented to the holy one while the rest prepared to listen
    attentively. Beginning the debate, the most holy Patriarch Alexander
    said to the philosopher:

    "In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ , I command you to be silent!"

    Immediately the philosopher lost his tongue and became dumb, so that
    he could not utter a single word.

    All the assembled philosophers became frightened and ashamed; some of
    them fled in disgrace, while others came to believe in Christ. The
    very philosopher who had lost the gift of speech, let it be known
    through signs that he acknowledged his error and confessed the
    Christian faith to be the true one. He fell at the feet of the holy
    one and immediately his tongue was loosened and he began glorifying
    our Lord Jesus Christ for everyone to hear. Afterwards he was baptized
    together with other friends of his. The Emperor and all the faithful
    rejoiced at this event, and all glorified God Who had given such
    miraculous power to His saint.

    Upon another occasion St; Alexander vanquished the impious Arius with
    his prayer. It happened that a few years after the First Ecumenical
    Council, the heretic Arius was called to Constantinople. Here he
    cunningly deceived the pious Emperor Constantine in the following
    manner: Constantine asked Arius whether he believed as the Holy
    Fathers of the Nicean Council had decreed. Having concealed on his
    breast a document on which he had written his own false creed, Anus
    (Arius) struck himself on the breast and declared: "This is what I

    Thus, to all appearances the heretic ostensibly expressed his
    agreement with the doctrine affirmed at Nicaea. Inwardly, however, he
    believed that which he had written with his own hand and which was
    concealed on his breast. And the deceiver swore before the Emperor,
    saying this is what he believed. Not suspecting such wickedness, the
    Emperor believed Arius' words and sent him to the holy Patriarch
    Alexander, directing him to receive Arius into communion with the
    Church as an Orthodox Christian. At the same time a certain Sunday
    was designated on which Arius was to be brought into the cathedral to
    be joined together with the faithful. St. Alexander, however, refused
    to receive Arius because he was the founder of a heresy.

    Meanwhile, Saturday came and Sunday was approaching. On Saturday
    night, the archpastor of God gave himself over to prayer before the
    altar. With tears he prayed to God to take the very soul from his body
    so that he would not see the day wherein Arius would be restored to
    the Church and to the partaking of the Holy Mysteries; or else, having
    pity on His Church, to strike Arius from the midst of the living. St.
    Alexander spent the whole night in prayer. Morning came and the time
    for Liturgy drew nigh. Arius emerged from the royal palace with great
    pride and directed his steps toward the cathedral; he was surrounded
    by imperial officials who were in a agreement with his heresy and by a multitude of men-at-arms.

    When Arius approached the place which is called "the market-place of Constantine," (here stood a marble column surmounted by a statue of
    the Emperor), his stricken conscience began to trouble him and he was
    seized with fear. Because of this fear, he felt an urgency to satisfy
    a bodily need and began to look for some hidden place. Not far was
    just such a place for public use. Entering therein, Arius was suddenly
    stricken with an acute internal disorder. As with Judas, the belly of
    the wicked one burst open and his insides spilled forth.  In this
    horrible way the heretic perished.

    Those who were standing nearby and waiting for Arius to come out,
    seeing that he did not come out after a long interval, themselves went
    in to get him and found him lying dead in the midst of filth and
    blood. Immediately the news spread throughout the city of the terrible
    and unexpected death of Anus. The heretics were put to shame, while
    the Orthodox rejoiced that Christ the True God had taken vengeance on
    His enemy and blasphemer. And even more did the holy Patriarch
    Alexander give thanks to Christ God that He had taken pity on His
    Church and saved her from that ravenous wolf.

    The pious Emperor Constantine the Great, learning of Arius' death,.
    became even more firmly established in the Faith and defended the
    dogmas of the Council of Nicaea to the very end of his days. Such was
    the power before God of the righteous prayer of God's great archpastor Alexander. Like a sharp sword it slew God's enemy and secured the
    triumph of the Orthodox Church. St. Gregory the Theologian recalled
    this later on in his address to the people of Constantinople:

    "In truth I tell you that you are disciples of the praiseworthy
    Alexander, that zealous champion and confessor of the Holy Trinity,
    who with word and deed took up arms against heretical delusion. You
    remember his apostolic prayer through which he destroyed the founder
    and leader of the heretics in a place fit for a godless, he then, in
    order to pay back disgrace for disgrace, and in order that, through a
    justly merited dishonorable death, the mortal evil of heresy, which
    had ruined many souls, would be made manifest forever."

    St. Alexander shepherded the Church of Christ for a number of years
    until he reached a ripe old age. When he lay dying, his flock gathered
    around their shepherd and asked:

    "To whom wilt thou leave us, thy children, father? Whom dost thou set
    as our shepherd instead of thee; who will be able, following in thy
    footsteps, to firmly guide the Church?"

    Alexander, pointing to two just men--namely, Paul the Presbyter and
    Macedonius the Deacon, answered and said:

    "If you would have a wise shepherd, adorned with good works, then
    choose Paul; if you would have a shepherd who is fair to behold
    shining with external beauty, then, choose Macedonius."

    Having said this, the holy Patriarch Alexander passed away to the
    Lord, having lived 98 years from his birth.

    Acta Sanctorum, August, vol. vi. Cf. also DCB., s. nn.

    Saint Quote:
    I want to be holy, loving Jesus in the Eucharist, suffering with
    Christ Crucified and seeing Christ in my brothers and sisters.
    -- Blessed Maria Grazia Tarallo

    Bible Quote:
    For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even into the
    west: so shall the coming of the Son of man be.  [Matthew 24:27]

    Memorare to Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph

        Remember, O Merciful Jesus, Immaculate Mary and glorious St.
    Joseph that no one has ever had recourse to Your Protection, or
    implore Your assistance without obtaining relief. Animated with a like confidence, but weighted down by my sins, I prostrate myself before
    You. O! Reject not my petitions, but graciously hear and grant them.

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