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Gerasimus II (Palladas) of Alexandria

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'''Gerasimus II of Alexandria''' was the [[Patriarch]] of the [[Church of Alexandria]] from 1688 to 1710. Little is known of his early life nor his patriarchate.
Patriarch Gerasimus II Little is known of his early life or of his patriarchate. He was born in [[Archdiocese of Crete|Crete]] in the first half of the seventeenth century.<ref name=SYNAX>Great Synaxaristes: {{el icon}} ''[http://www.synaxarion.gr/gr/sid/1769/sxsaintinfo.aspx Ὁ Ἅγιος Γεράσιμος ὁ Παλλαδὰς Πατριάρχης Ἀλεξανδρείας].'' 16 Ιανουαρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.</ref>  He served as [[Metropolis of Kastoria|Bishop of Kastoria]],<ref name=SYNAX/> and was later installed as patriarch [[Patriarch of Alexandria ]] on [[November 3]], 1688 , succeding the deceased Patriarch [[Parthenius I of Alexandria]], who was killed in the earthquake of 1688 in Smyrna in Asia Minor. He was distinguished for his preaching, having written a great number of [[Homily|homilies]].<ref name=ALEXANDRIA> [http://www.patriarchateofalexandria.com/index.php?module=content&cid=001003&id=180&lang=en GERASIMOS II PALLADAS (1688-1710)]. Official web site of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and left All Africa. Retrieved: 2013-03-07.</ref> He was accused of innovation during the office on [[January 10Divine Liturgy]], 1700at the point of the sanctification of the Precious Gifts, which brought on a reaction from the Ecumenical Patriarch, and the ending of the misunderstanding.<ref name=ALEXANDRIA/>
One incident related to Gerasimus concerned the wonderworking Kykkos [[icon]] of [[Theotokos|Mother of God]] "Merciful" of Cyprus. A feature of the icon is that no one can see the original, as it is kept under a covering. In 1699, Patr. Gerasimus was the last person who removed the covering and was punished. Only after he offered a prayer to the Mother of God was his wrongdoing forgiven.
Patr. Patriarch Gerasimus II resigned from his duties on January 20, 1710 because of old age,<ref name=ALEXANDRIA/> and reposed in 1714.He is honoured as a Saint of the Church and is commemorated annually on [[January 16]].<ref name=SYNAX/>  
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before=[[Parthenius Iof Alexandria|Parthenius I]]|
title=[[List of Patriarchs of Alexandria|Patriarch of Alexandria]]|
years=1688&ndash;1710|
after=[[Samuel of Alexandria|Samuel]]}}
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==References==
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==Sources==
*Great Synaxaristes: {{el icon}} ''[http://www.synaxarion.gr/gr/sid/1769/sxsaintinfo.aspx Ὁ Ἅγιος Γεράσιμος ὁ Παλλαδὰς Πατριάρχης Ἀλεξανδρείας].'' 16 Ιανουαρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.* [Wikipediahttp://www.patriarchateofalexandria.com/index.php?module=content&cid=001003&id=180&lang=en GERASIMOS II PALLADAS (1688-1710)]. Official web site of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved: 2013-03-07.* [[w:Patriarch_Gerasimus_II_of_AlexandriaPatriarch Gerasimus II of Alexandria|Patriarch Gerasimus II of Alexandria]]. Wikipedia.*[http://rulers.org/relig.html Religious leaders]. Rulers.org.*[http://www.icon.lt/list/kykkos.htm Kykkos icon of Mother of God "Merciful"] 
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