Nicetas the Confessor

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Nicetas the Confessor was a monk during the 9th century who was a defender of the veneration of icons. He became abbot of the Mydicia monastery and was imprisoned for his opposition to iconoclasism.

Life

Under the up-bringing of his grandmother, Saint Nicetas grew as a pious youth, eventually joining the Mydicia monastery. The igumen of this monastary was Saint Nicephorus. Saint Nicetas grew so virtuous in his monastic habit that his fame attracted many to the monastary who wanted achieve salvation. The Saint was chosen as Iguemen of the monastary upon St. Nicephorus' death.

The Iconoclast heresy was gaining power when Saint Nicetas became head of the monastary, and its oppresive practices were only increasing. Saint Nicetas was granted the gift of wonderworking at this time. After Emperor Leo the Armenian (813 - 820) tried to convert monastery leaders to heresy, Saint Nicetas stood strong in opposition. As a result, the igumen was imprisoned. He was then tricked into a false Communion by the Iconoclasts, in which afterward he repented the deed and only stood stronger against the heretics. He was imprisoned for another 6 years for defended the veneration of icons.

In 824, St. Nicetas reposed in the Lord. He was buried at the monastary and his relics became the source of healing.

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