Meletius I Pegas

Meletius I Pegas
Greek Patriarch of Alexandria
ChurchGreek Orthodox Church of Alexandria
InstalledAugust 1590
Term ended12 September 1601
SuccessorCyril III
Other postslocum tenens (1597–1598) of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Personal details
Candia, Crete
Died12 September 1601
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church

Meletius I Pegas (Greek: Μελέτιος Πηγάς; 1549 – 12 September 1601) served as Greek Patriarch of Alexandria between 1590 and 1601. Simultaneously from 1597 to 1598 he served also as locum tenens of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He is honoured as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church,[1] with his feast day held on September 13.[2][3]


Meletius was born in Candia (Heraklion) in the island of Crete, at the time capital of the Venetian Kingdom of Candia in 1549,[4] and he studied classical philology, philosophy and medicine in Padua. He became protosyncellus of the Patriarch of Alexandria Silvester, at whose death he succeeded on 5 August 1590.[5]

Even if he supported the doctrine of transubstantiation, he was a fierce opponent of the Catholic Church, and worked for the reunion of the Greek Church with the Coptic Church. In 1593 he participated in a synod in Constantinople which confirmed the establishment of the Patriarchate of Moscow.[1]

Without resigning as Patriarch of Alexandria, he served as locum tenens of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople between December 1596 and February 1597, and from end March 1597 to March or April 1598, when he resigned to go on dealing only with his Egyptian see.[4]

He died in Alexandria on 12 September 1601.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Meletios Pigas (1590–1601)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 7 Sep 2011.
  2. ^ Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Μέλετος Πηγᾶς. 13 Σεπτεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  3. ^ (in Greek) Άγιος Μελέτιος Πηγάς. Ορθόδοξος Συναξαριστής.
  4. ^ a b c Kiminas, Demetrius (2009). The Ecumenical Patriarchate. Wildside Press LLC. p. 38,46. ISBN 978-1-4344-5876-6.
  5. ^ "Μελέτιος Α´ ὁ Πηγᾶς". Ecumenical Patriarchate. Retrieved 7 Sep 2011.(in Greek)