Andreas Cretensis

Andreas Cretensis (Andrew of Crete), so called because he was archbishop of that island. Born at Damascus about 635, he embraced the monastic state at Jerusalem, for which reason he is sometimes styled Hierosolymitanus. He was a vehement antagonist of the Monothelites, was ordained deacon at Constantinople, and shortly after was made archbishop of Crete, which church he governed for many years, and died at Mitylene at the end of the seventh century. Besides his sermons, homilies, and orations, he wrote many hymns; some of which are still sung in the Greek churches. The Greek Church commemorates him as a saint on July 4. His remains are gathered under the title Opera Gr. et Lat. cum notis Combefis, fol. (Paris, 1644). — Cave, Hist. Lit. anno 635; Landon, Eccles. Dict. 1, 352.

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