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Ambrose of Milan (Athos) Icon - S317

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Saint Ambrose was born in Gaul in the year 340 and became a member of the Roman Senate as Governor of Milan. When the Arian bishop of Milan died, the Orthodox and Arians fought over who would succeed him. Ambrose, desiring to maintain peace, tried to mediate between the factions. As he spoke, a young child cried out, "Ambrose for bishop!" The crowds agreed and continued the cry until he reluctantly consented. As he was not a member of the clergy, he was first consecrated as a deacon, the next day a priest, and finally bishop on December 7, 374.

He wrote many important works in Latin, and fought the Arian heresy. He fearlessly opposed the emperors when they broke the laws of God. He reposed on April 4, 397, which was Holy Saturday that year. His feast is celebrated on December 7.

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