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Nicephorus I of Constantinople

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St. Nicephorus was born about 758 and died in 828. Like his namesake and fellow-historian Gregoras five centuries later, he sacrificed his position in the defense of Orthodox doctrine against [[heresy]] and the Orthodox conscience against dictation from the state. His patriarchate (806-815) was marked, and terminated, by the reaction instigated by Leo V against the restoration of veneration of religious images.
[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 3)
:Your inspired confession gained victory for the Church,
:O holy Hierarch Nicephorus.
:You suffered unjust exile through reverence for the icon of God the Word.
:O righteous Father,
:Pray to Christ our God to grant us his great mercy!
Troparion (Tone 4)
:Christ the Truth of All has shown you to your flock as a model of faith,
:An image of meekness and a teacher of abstinence.
:You attained heaven through humility
:And acquire riches through poverty.
:O holy Father Nicephorus,
:Intercede with Christ to save our souls.
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4)
:You received from God the victor’s crown;
:Now save those who faithfully honor you
:As a hierarch and teacher of Christ!
[[Category: Saints]]
[[Category: Patriarchs of Constantinople]]
[[Category: Bishops]]

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