St. Maximus the Confessor was an abbot, mystic and doctor of the church, often referred to as “Theologian”. He was born into a noble family in Constantinople, modern Instanbul, where he served as secretary to Emperor Heraclius before becoming a monk and abbot.
Maximus was vindicated by the Third Council of Constantinople that declared Christ having both human and a divine will. With this declaration Monothelitism became heresy and Maximus was eventually declared innocent of all charges against him.
Maximus was among the Christians who were venerated as saints shortly after their deaths. The vindication of Maximus’ theological position made him popular after his death and his cause was accounted by many miracles at his tomb. In the Roman Catholic Church, the veneration of Maximus began prior to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Maximus became one of the last men to be recognized as both Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches known as the “Father of the Church”.
Lord God, you crown the merits of the saints and pardon sinners when they repent. Forgive us our sins, now that we come before you, humbly confessing our guilt.
(We make our prayer) through our Lord.
(Through Christ our Lord.)
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