Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem

[Pictorial Lives of the Saints: Saint Narcissus, Bishop]
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Bishop of Jerusalem, consecrated c.180 when he was already an old man. Late in life, he was accused of a crime. None of the Christians in his diocese believed it, but Narcissus did not believe he should serve after being under such a cloud, and he became a desert hermit. After a complete acquittal, Narcissus returned to his see, older, weathered, but stronger and more zealous than ever, and served several more years. One Holy Saturday he turned water into lamp oil so the Easter vigil services could be conducted. When his age began to wear on him, Narcissus begged God to send a bishop to help him. Saint Alexander of Cappadocia responded, and the two ruled the diocese together, Narcissus living to age 116.

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  • 215 of natural causes

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  • “Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem“. Saints.SQPN.com. 26 November 2013. Web. 24 July 2014. <>