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Anysios of Thessaloniki

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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Anysios Anysius of ThessalonikiThessalonica''' (383/4-406/7) was the student, co-worker and successor, of Saint Acholios (or also '''Anysios'Ascholios'') <ref>Saint Acholios, [[was the Bishop]] of Thessaloniki during the 4th-century, is commemorated by the church [[January 23]]Thessalonica from about 384 to 407. He was a big personality in that time being referred to appointed by Saint [[Basil the GreatArchbishop]] as a "beacon [[Damasus I of light for the church" a "charismatic person". </ref>, to the bishop's throne in 383/4. Not much Rome|Damasus of his life is available, however, there is an epistle from Pope Damasos for Anysios to be the representing Vicar for the area of Illyriko. <ref>During the time of Acholios the Bishop's throne in Thessaloniki was called the Vicariate and was never a Patriarchate; this was recorded [[December 11Rome]], 384.</ref> This title has also been referenced by a Pope Sirikio (384-398). It is also known that Anysios played a significant role in the vindication of St. as his [[John ChrysostomVicar]]. Much of Anysios's biography is recorded Apostolic in the Roman martyrologionIllyricum. He is commemorated by the church on [[December 30]] same day as Saint [[Anysia of Thessaloniki|Anysia]].
==NotesLife==His early life is largely unknown. Anysius was the student and co-worker of his predecessor, [[Ascholius of Thessalonica|Ascholius]]. He was a friend of St. [[Ambrose of Milan|Ambrose]] who congratulated him, the [[clergy]], and people of Thessalonica on his succession to the [[see]] of [[Metropolis of Thessalonica|Thessalonica]] in 383/4. <ref> Anysius was well known in that time having been mentioned by St. [[Basil the Great]] as a "beacon of light for the church", a "charismatic person".</ref> He was highly regarded by his peers. When Eastern Illyria came under the administration of the emperor in Constantinople, Archbishop Damasus of Rome asserted his rights to preserve previous [[jurisdiction]] over Illyria by appointing Anysius his [[Vicar]] Apostolic in Illyricum. These privileges were later confirmed by Bishop [[Innocent I of Rome|Innocent]] when he succeeded to the Roman [[see]] in 401. Bp. Anysius and the bishops of Illyria condemned Bonosus, Bishop of Sardica as a [[heretic]] after his case was referred to them by the Council of Capua.  Bp. Anysius was also among the forty [[bishop]]s who stood by St. [[John Chrysostom]] against [[Theophilus of Alexandria]] during the efforts by Theophilus to [[deposition|depose]] Chrysostom. Bp. Anysius died at an advanced age about the year 403. ==Note==
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*[ Book of Saints - Anysius]
*[ Catholic Encyclopedia: Bonosus]
[[Category:Greek Saints]]
[[Category:4th-5th-century bishops]]
[[Category:5th-century saints]]

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