Emperor Marcian

August 16, 2012

A Mother and Her Son

In 451 bishops from throughout the Mediterranean traveled to Constantinople for the Council of Chalcedon.  At the council Marcian, the emperor of Constantinople, asked the patriarch of Jerusalem if he would provide the emperor with some relics of Mary, the Mother of God.  The emperor wanted to enshrine the relics in Constantinople.  The patriarch had to explain to the emperor that no such relics existed.