Parthenius I of Constantinople

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Parthenius I of Constantinople was the Patriarch of the Church of Constantinople from 1639 to 1644. Parthenius was patriarch during a period of frequent changes of the occupant of the cathedra of Constantinople under the Ottoman Sultan. He only served one period.

Dispute with Nicephorus

In a dispute with Patriarch Nicephorus of Alexandria, Parthenius sided with the hierarchs of the Church of Sinai by granting them permission to perform religious services in Cairo when Nicephorus was visiting Moldovlachia. After Nicephorus was back in Alexandria, his protests made Parthenius revoke his permission. Still, the tensions over this issue continued between the two Churches. [1]


In the year 1641 Parthenius summoned a synod at Constantinople, at which eight prelates and four dignitaries of the church were present. In this synod the term Transubstantiation is said to have been authorised. In the next year Parthenius organized the more important Synod of Jassy.[2] The purpose of this assembly was to counter certain Catholic and Protestant doctrinal errors which had infiltrated Orthodox theology and to offer a comprehensive Orthodox statement on the truth of faith.[3]


  1. Nikiphoros (1639-1645)
  2. Councils of Constantinople and Jassy
  3. John Anthony McGuckin (15 December 2010). The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 325–. ISBN 978-1-4443-9254-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Cyril II Kontares
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Parthenius II