Acts 11:19-26; Psalm 86; John 10:22-30
St. Athanasius is often shown as a bishop arguing with a pagan, a bishop holding an open book or a bishop standing over a defeated heretic. He is a patron saint of theologians, and faithful Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians and hailed to this day as a great Defender of the Faith. Over the course of his life, Athanasius was banished five times and spent 17 years of his life in exile for the defence of the doctrine of Christ's divinity. However, the last years of his life were peaceful and he died on May 2, 373 in Alexandria. His body was transferred, first to Constantinople, then to Venice.