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Our father among the saints Nicephorus I (also Nikephoros), the Confessor, was the Patriarch of Constantinople during the era of iconoclastic disputes during the early ninth century. His feast day is celebrated on June 2, and the translation of his relics from Prokonnis to Constantinople on March 13.

Life

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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. His principal works are three writings against iconoclasm.

Hymns

Troparion (Tone 3) [1]

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) [2]

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) [3]

You received from God the victor's crown;
Now save those who faithfully honor you
As a hierarch and teacher of Christ!


Preceded by:
Tarasius
Patriarch of Constantinople
806 – 815
Succeeded by:
Theodotus I

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