St. John Scholasticus was born c. 503 in Sirimion near Antioch, and studied law. He was ordained a priest because of his great holiness and piety. He was a renowned theologian and ecclesiastical jurist. As a priest, St. John compiled a systematic collection of Church rules in 50 topical chapters, and later during his time as patriarch he made a codex of civil laws relating to the Church. From these collections St. Photius the Great compiled A Collection of Ecclesiastical and Civil Laws also called the Nomocanon, which means "canon law", the ecclesiastical law used in Church administration.
|Patriarch of Constantinople