Romanus (Romanos) Melodus
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Romanus (Romanos) Melodus

The Melodist
Born     c. 490 Syria
Died     c. 556 Constantinople
Honored in     
Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
Feast     October 1 (October 14 N.S.)
Young man vested as a deacon, standing on a raised platform in the middle of a church, holding a scroll with his Kontakion of the Nativity written on it. He is surrounded by the Patriarch, the Emperor, and members of the congregation. His icon is often a combined with that of the The Protection of the Mother of God, which falls on the same day.
Sometimes he is depicted as a deacon holding a censer in his right hand and a small model of a church in his left.
Patronage     church singers
Saint Romanos the Melodist or the Hymnographer  often Latinized as Romanus or Anglicized as Roman, was one of the greatest of Greek hymnographers, called "the Pindar of rhythmic poetry".  He flourished during the sixth century, which is considered to be the "Golden Age" of Byzantine hymnography.
the most important composer of Kontakia (metric sermons chanted to music); his Kontakia works, such as On the Nativity and On the Resurrection, are regarded as a masterpiece of world literature

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