Thursday, June 13, 2024 UTC

MARCH 13: COMMEMORATION OF THE TRANSLATION OF THE RELICS OF NICEPHORUS – PATRIARCH

       

On this day we commemorate Saint Nicephorus. He originally was a dignitary for the court of Empress Irene, and later was known as a pious man after joining the monastic life. He was an ardent supporter of the Holy Icons and later exiled by Iconoclast emperor Leo the Armenian in which he later died in the year 828. He completed 3 writings against Iconoclasm. His relics were opened in 846 and moved from Prokonnis to Constantinople, then to Hagia Sophia for one day, and then transferred to the Church of the Holy Apostles, except his hands were preserved in Mount Athos.

 

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