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Saint Mari, also known as Mares[1] and originally named Palut, is a saint of the Church of the East. He was converted by Thaddeus of Edessa (a.k.a. Addai) and is said to have had Mar Aggai as his spiritual director. He is believed to have done missionary work around Nineveh, Nisibis, and along the Euphrates, and is said to have been one of the great apostles to Syria and Persia. He was buried in Dair-Kuni.[1] His feast day is 5 August in the Christian calendar.[2] He and Thaddeus are credited with the Liturgy of Addai and Mari. Despite the fact that there is little, if any, concrete information on Mari, he is still venerated as a saint by the Assyrian Church of the East, the Chaldean Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. He is distinct from St Mari of the seventy disciples with whom the Apocryphal Acts of Mar Mari are connected.

Saint Maris
Venerated inAssyrian Church of the East
Chaldean Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
FeastKaita 2nd Aruvta ( 2nd Friday of Kaita)


  1. ^ a b Neale, John Mason (2008). A History of the Holy Eastern Church: The Patriarchate of Antioch: The Patriarchate of Antioch. Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-60608-330-7.
  2. ^ "Saint Who? Saints Addai and Mari". Magnificat. Magnificat USA. 20 (12): 76. February 2019.


  • Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.
  • Aux origines de l'eglise de Perse: les Actes de Mar Mari. Еd. par Jullien C., Jullien F. Leuven, Peeters, 2003, VIII-137 p. (Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, 604).
  • Jullien C., Jullien F. Les Actes de Mar Mari. Leuven, Peeters, 2003, VIII, 50 p. (Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, 602).
  • The Acts of Mar Mari the Apostle. Ed. by Amir Harrak. Atlanta (GA), Society of Biblical Literature, 2005, 134 pp. (Writings from the Greco-Roman World, 11).
  • Atti di Mar Mari. Ed. Ilaria Ramelli. Brescia: Paideia, 2008. 234 p. (Testi del Vicino Oriente antico 7, Letteratura della Siria cristiana, 2).

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Preceded by
Mar Aggai
(c.66 – c.81)
Catholicos-Patriarch of the Church of the East
c. 87–120
Succeeded by
Mar Abris