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Our father among the saints '''Nicephorus I''' (also ''Nikephoros''), the [[Confessor]], was the [[Patriarch]] of Constantinople during the era of [[iconoclasm|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]].
'''Nicephorus I''' was the [[Patriarch]] of Constantinople during the era of [[iconoclasm|iconoclastic]] disputes during the early ninth century.
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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.
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==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==
 
==Hymns==
[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 3)
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[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 3) [http://www.oca.org/FSTropars.asp?ID=101581]
 
:Your inspired confession gained victory for the Church,
 
:Your inspired confession gained victory for the Church,
:O holy Hierarch Nicephorus.
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:O holy [[Hierarch]] Nicephorus.
:You suffered unjust exile through reverence for the icon of God the Word.
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:You suffered unjust exile through reverence for the [[icon]] of God the Word.
 
:O righteous Father,
 
:O righteous Father,
 
:Pray to Christ our God to grant us his great mercy!
 
:Pray to Christ our God to grant us his great mercy!
  
Troparion (Tone 4)
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Troparion (Tone 4) [http://www.oca.org/FSTropars.asp?ID=101581]
 
:Christ the Truth of All has shown you to your flock as a model of faith,
 
: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.
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:An image of [[meekness]] and a teacher of [[abstinence]].
:You attained heaven through humility
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:You attained [[heaven]] through [[humility]]
 
:And acquire riches through poverty.
 
:And acquire riches through poverty.
 
:O holy Father Nicephorus,
 
:O holy Father Nicephorus,
 
:Intercede with Christ to save our souls.
 
:Intercede with Christ to save our souls.
  
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4)
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) [http://www.oca.org/FSTropars.asp?ID=101581]
:You received from God the victor’s crown;
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:You received from God the victor's crown;
 
:Now save those who faithfully honor you
 
:Now save those who faithfully honor you
 
:As a hierarch and teacher of Christ!
 
:As a hierarch and teacher of Christ!
  
[[Category: Saints]]
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[[Category: Patriarchs of Constantinople]]
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[[Category: Bishops]]
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{{succession|
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before=[[Tarasius of Constantinople|Tarasius]]|
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title=[[List of Patriarchs of Constantinople|Patriarch of Constantinople]]|
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years=806 – 815|
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after=[[Theodotus I of Constantinople|Theodotus I]]}}
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100792 Translation of the relics of St Nicephorus the Patriarch of Constantinople] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101581 St Nicephorus the Confessor the Patriarch of Constantinople] (OCA)
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=74 Nikephoros the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople] ([[GOARCH]])
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*"Nicephorus" in ''New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge'', Vol. VIII, pp. [http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/encyc08/Page_158.html 158]-[http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/encyc08/Page_159.html 159] at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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*[[w:Ecumenical Patriarch Nikephoros I of Constantinople|''Ecumenical Patriarch Nikephoros I of Constantinople'' at Wikipedia]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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[[Category:Patriarchs of Constantinople]]
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[[Category:Bishops]]

Revision as of 10:55, October 8, 2007

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!


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