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Saint Symeon, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

Saint Symeon, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, was one of the most significant figures in the Orthodox Church during the Late Byzantine period and a landmark for Divine Worship. We have very little information concerning the life of the Saint. His birth is dated to the second half of the 14th century and he came from Constantinople. Symeon is no doubt his monastic name, but his secular name is not known. Before being elevated to the office of bishop he lived as a hieromonk in a monastery in the city of his birth. He was closely linked to the Xanthopoulos brothers and the monastic community they had founded in the Reigning City. It is likely that Symeon belonged to it.