Stephen I of Constantinople

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File:Seal of Stephen, Patriarch of Constantinople.jpg
Lead seal of "Stephen, Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome", either of Stephen I or of Stephen II
File:The relics of Michael III are transferred to the Holy Apostles.jpg
Miniature from the Madrid Skylitzes showing Stephen participating, with his elder brother Alexander, in the translation of Michael III's relics to the Holy Apostles in 886

Stephen I (Greek: Στέφανος Α΄, Stephanos I) (November 867 – 18 May 893) was the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 886 to 893.

Born at Constantinople, Stephen was the son of Eudokia Ingerina and, officially, Emperor Basil I. However, at the time when he was conceived, Eudokia was the mistress of Emperor Michael III. Consequently, it is possible or even probable that like his older brother Leo VI the Wise, Stephen was actually Michael's son.

Castrated by Basil I, Stephen became a monk and was designated for a career in the church since his childhood. In 886 his brother, the new Emperor Leo VI, dismissed the Patriarch Photios and appointed the 19-year-old Stephen as patriarch in his stead.

As patriarch Stephen participated in the ceremonial reburial of Michael III by Leo VI in the imperial mausoleum attached to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. There are no important events associated with Stephen's patriarchate and the patriarch, who acquired a reputation for piety, died in May 893. His feast day in the Orthodox Church is on May 18.[1]


  1. (Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Στέφανος Πατριάρχης Κωνσταντινουπόλεως. 18 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.


Titles of Chalcedonian Christianity
Preceded by
Photios I
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Antony II