Neophytus VII of Constantinople

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His All Holiness
Neophytus VII
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Church Church of Constantinople
Diocese Constantinople
See Ecumenical Patriarchate
Installed 1789, 1798
Term ended 1794, 1801
Predecessor Procopius, Gregory V
Successor Gerasimus III, Callinicus V
Personal details
Born Smyrna
Denomination Eastern Orthodox Church
Occupation Ecumenical Patriarch

Neophytus VII (Greek: Νεόφυτος Ζ΄) was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during the periods 1789-1794 and 1798-1801.

He was born in Smyrna. He studied in the Evangelical School of Smyrna, where he was classmates with Nicodemus the Hagiorite and Adamantios Korais. He was an especially educated man and was against the simplification of religious texts,[1] as he thought that something like that would lead to their vulgarisation.[2]

He served as great archdeacon of the Patriarchate and in May 1771 he was elected metropolitan bishop of Maroneia. On May of 1789 he succeeded Patriarch Procopius on the Ecumenical Throne, with some concerns about how canonical his election was. Even though his reign is considered worthy, he had to resign on 1 March 1794 and retired to Heybeliada and later to Rhodes, Patmos and Mount Athos. He was reelected Patriarch in 1798, but on 17 June 1801 he resigned again and was exiled to Mount Athos.

During his reign, the philosophy teacher Christodoulos Pamplekis, was excommunicated, while the Great School of the Nation was reconstituted and many schools were founded. With a canonical arrangement he condemned pantheism, while a synodic decision condemned the book "Περί συνεχούς μεταλήψεως", written by the former metropolitan bishop of Corinth, Macarius. He re-founded after 413 years the Metropolis of Corfu and blessed, with the permission of the Sublime Porte, the new flag of the United States of the Ionian Islands in the Church of St. George. During his lifetime, and after many discussions, the translation and publication the Canon of the Orthodox Church in Demotic Greek was finally approved. Consequently, Christopher's "Κανονικόν" and Nicodemus the Hagiorite's "Πηδάλιον" were published,[3] the latter also publishing "Μέγα Ευχολόγιον" in Istanbul. With his permission, John Nesteutes's Canon was also published by the Patriarchal Press.


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  1. ...ου δει τα κανονικά της εκκλησίας πεζή φράσει εκδιδόναι, ίνα μη τα των ιερών κανόνων, γνώριμα γίνονται τω χύδην λαώ... [1]
  2. Αντώνης Λιάκος, Γλώσσα και Έθνος στη Νεότερη Ελλάδα
  3. Σπύρος Καρύδης, «Η χειρόγραφη εκδοχή της εγκυκλίου του πρώην Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Νεοφύτου Ζ΄ (1802) για τις προσθήκες στην α΄ έκδοση του Πηδαλίου», Ο Ερανιστής 27 (2009), 259-262