Saint Mark and Marcellian of Africa

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St. Marcus of Africa Biography

St. Marcus of Africa

Mark and Marcellian (Latin: Marcus et Marcellianus) are martyrs venerated as saints by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Deacon in Alexandria, Kemet (Africa), who agreed to the deposition at Alexandria in 321 A.D., in a synod of more than 100 African Kemetian (Egyptian), and Libyan bishops of Heretic priest Arius and henchmen.

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Orsisius (in Greek Arsisios, local name Oresiesis-Heru-sa Ast) was an Egyptian monk and author of the fourth century. His memorial is June 15.

Biography
Orsisius was a disciple of Pachomius on the Island Tabenna in the Nile. When Pacomius died (348), Orsisius was chosen as his successor; but he resigned in favour of Theodore. It was not till Theodore\’s death (c. 380) that Orsisius, advised by St. Athanasius, accepted the abbatial office of hegumen.

Writings
Theodore and Orsisius are said to have helped Pachomius in the composition of his rule; Gennadius mentions another work:

Oresiesis the monk, a colleague of Pachomius and Theodore, perfectly learned in the Scriptures, composed a Divinely savoured book containing instruction for all monastic discipline, in which nearly the whole Old and New Testaments are explained in short dissertations in as far as they affect monks; and shortly before his death he gave this book to his brethren as his testament.


This is supposed to be the work \”Doctrina de institutione monachorum\” translated by St. Jerome into Latin. Migne prints after it another work attributed to the same author: \”De sex cogitationibus sanctorium\”, which, however, is probably by a later Oresius.

Sources
Public Domain Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). \”Orsisius\”. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

Cave, Scriptorum eccl. historia literaria, I (Basle, 1741) 209: Ceillier, Histoire generale des auteurs sacres, IV (Paris, 1860), 235 sq.

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