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Our venerable and God-bearing Father St. '''Nikephoros of Chios''', was a [[hieromonk]] born around 1750 in the town of Kardamyla, in the northeastern part of the famous Aegean island of [[Metropolis of Chios|Chios]]. He was educated in Chios, taught and wrote in Chios, led a life of spiritual endeavor there. He loved Chios as his fatherland, and as a place where piety and learning were flourishing. For this reason, and because no occasion arose for him to leave the island, he remained within its confines throughout his lifetime. Although St Nicephorus probably reposed in the summer of 1821, his feast day is designated as [[May 1]]. He died in a home near the church of St Paraskeve, where he sometimes stayed overnight when he was unable to get back to Resta. His body was brought back to Resta, and was placed in a grave where both St. [[Athanasius Parios]] and the monk Nilus had once been buried. The holy relics of Nikephorus were uncovered in 1845 and brought to
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Our venerable and God-bearing Father '''Nikephoros of Chios''' (1750-1821; also ''Nicephoros, Nicephorus, Nikephorus'') who is known for his holy life and character, being known as a [[saint]] even during his lifetime.  His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[May 1]].
the Metropolitan church of Chios. Many years later, the Guild of Tanners asked for the relics and placed them in the church of St. George. In 1907, an icon of St Nicephorus was painted, and a church service was composed in his honour.
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==Life==
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St. Nikephoros was a [[hieromonk]] born around 1750 in the town of Kardamyla, in the northeastern part of the famous Aegean island of [[Metropolis of Chios|Chios]]. He was educated in Chios, taught and wrote in Chios, led a life of spiritual endeavor there. He loved Chios as his fatherland, and as a place where piety and learning were flourishing. For this reason, and because no occasion arose for him to leave the island, he remained within its confines throughout his lifetime.
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:''Although St Nicephorus probably reposed in the summer of 1821, his Feast Day is designated as May 1. He died in a home near the church of St Paraskeve, where he sometimes stayed overnight when he was unable to get back to Resta. His body was brought back to Resta, and was placed in a grave where both St [[Athanasius Parios|Athanasius Parius]] and the monk Nilus had once been buried. The holy [[relics]] of St Nicephorus were uncovered in 1845 and brought to the metropolitan church of Chios. Many years later, the Guild of Tanners asked for the relics and placed them in the church of St George. In 1907, an [[icon]] of St Nicephorus was painted, and a church service was composed in his honor.''<ref>[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101262 Venerable Nicephorus of Chios] ([[OCA]])</ref>
  
 
==Bibliography==
 
==Bibliography==
* Church Service and Hymns to St. Niketas, John and Joseph ([[May 20]])
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*Church service and hymns to Ss. Niketas, John, and Joseph ([[May 20]]).
* Church Service and Hymns to St. [[Matrona of Chios]] ([[October 20]]).
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*Church service and hymns to St. [[Matrona of Chios]] ([[October 20]]).
* Church Service and Hymns to new-martyr St. [[Nicholas the New]] ([[October 31]]), published in Venice in 1791.
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*Church service and hymns to new-martyr St. [[Nicholas the New]] ([[October 31]]), published in Venice in 1791.
  
=="The New Leimonarion"==
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==''The New Leimonarion''==
* In 1805, on his deathbed, St. Macarius entrusted St. Nikephorus with the task of completing and publishing his book ''"The New Leimonarion"''. This book contained the lives and church services of various martyrs, ascetics, and other saints. It is remarkable that three saints collaborated on this book about saints, St. Macarius, St. Nikephorus and St. Athanasius Parios.
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*In 1805, on his deathbed, St. [[Macarius of Corinth|Macarius]] asked St. Nikephoros to finish his book ''The New Leimonarion'' and see that it be published. This book contains the [[hagiography|lives]] and church services of various [[martyr]]s, [[ascetic]]s, and other saints. Three saints collaborated to compile this book: St. Macarius, St. Nikephoros, and St. Athanasius Parios.
  
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
* [[Metropolis of Chios]]
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*The greatest influence on his life was St. Macarius of Corinth ([[April 17]]), whom he met even before he met St. Athanasius. Macarius was at Chios in 1780, left for a time, then returned in 1790. Nikephoros saw St. Macarius frequently, and learned much from him.
* The greatest influence on his life was St. '''[[Macarius of Corinth]]''' ([[April 17]]), whom he met even before he met St. Athanasius. Macarius was at Chios in 1780, left for a time, then returned in 1790. Nicephorus saw St Macarius frequently, and learned much from him.
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*He also met St. Athanasius Parios ([[June 24]]), who was the director of the school in the city of Chios.
* He also met St. '''[[Athanasius Parios]]''' ([[June 24]]), who was the Director of the school in the city of Chios.
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==References==
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==External link==
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==Source==
* [http://www.oca.org/FSLivesAllSaints.asp?SID=4&M=5&D=1 St. Nikephoros of Chios] ([[OCA]]).
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101262 Venerable Nicephorus of Chios] (OCA)
  
 
==Further reading==
 
==Further reading==
 
*''Saint Nikephoros of Chios (Modern Orthodox Saints, vol. 4)'' by [[osource:Author:Constantine Cavarnos|Constantine Cavarnos]]. ISBN 0-914744-74-7 Paperbound.  
 
*''Saint Nikephoros of Chios (Modern Orthodox Saints, vol. 4)'' by [[osource:Author:Constantine Cavarnos|Constantine Cavarnos]]. ISBN 0-914744-74-7 Paperbound.  
 
:''An account of the of the life, character, and message of St. Nikephoros of Chios (1750-1821) — outstanding writer of liturgical poetry and lives of saints, educator, spiritual striver, and trainer of martyrs—together with a comprehensive list of his publications, selections from them, and brief biographies of eleven neo-martyrs and other Orthodox saints who are treated in his works.'' - 1976. 2nd, augmented edition, 1986. 124 pp., 2 illus.
 
:''An account of the of the life, character, and message of St. Nikephoros of Chios (1750-1821) — outstanding writer of liturgical poetry and lives of saints, educator, spiritual striver, and trainer of martyrs—together with a comprehensive list of his publications, selections from them, and brief biographies of eleven neo-martyrs and other Orthodox saints who are treated in his works.'' - 1976. 2nd, augmented edition, 1986. 124 pp., 2 illus.
*''St. Nikephoros of Chios, outstanding writer of litrugical poetry and lives of saints, educator, spiritual striver, and traner of martyrs'' by [[osource:Author:Constantine Cavarnos|Constantine Cavarnos]]. Publisher: Belmont, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, c. 1976. [[ISBN 0914744321]]. pp. 111-114.
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*''St. Nikephoros of Chios, outstanding writer of litrugical poetry and lives of saints, educator, spiritual striver, and traner of martyrs'' by [[osource:Author:Constantine Cavarnos|Constantine Cavarnos]]. Publisher: Belmont, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, c. 1976. ISBN 0914744321. pp. 111-114.
  
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Our venerable and God-bearing Father Nikephoros of Chios (1750-1821; also Nicephoros, Nicephorus, Nikephorus) who is known for his holy life and character, being known as a saint even during his lifetime. His feast day is celebrated on May 1.

Contents

Life

St. Nikephoros was a hieromonk born around 1750 in the town of Kardamyla, in the northeastern part of the famous Aegean island of Chios. He was educated in Chios, taught and wrote in Chios, led a life of spiritual endeavor there. He loved Chios as his fatherland, and as a place where piety and learning were flourishing. For this reason, and because no occasion arose for him to leave the island, he remained within its confines throughout his lifetime.

Although St Nicephorus probably reposed in the summer of 1821, his Feast Day is designated as May 1. He died in a home near the church of St Paraskeve, where he sometimes stayed overnight when he was unable to get back to Resta. His body was brought back to Resta, and was placed in a grave where both St Athanasius Parius and the monk Nilus had once been buried. The holy relics of St Nicephorus were uncovered in 1845 and brought to the metropolitan church of Chios. Many years later, the Guild of Tanners asked for the relics and placed them in the church of St George. In 1907, an icon of St Nicephorus was painted, and a church service was composed in his honor.[1]

Bibliography

The New Leimonarion

  • In 1805, on his deathbed, St. Macarius asked St. Nikephoros to finish his book The New Leimonarion and see that it be published. This book contains the lives and church services of various martyrs, ascetics, and other saints. Three saints collaborated to compile this book: St. Macarius, St. Nikephoros, and St. Athanasius Parios.

Relationships

  • The greatest influence on his life was St. Macarius of Corinth (April 17), whom he met even before he met St. Athanasius. Macarius was at Chios in 1780, left for a time, then returned in 1790. Nikephoros saw St. Macarius frequently, and learned much from him.
  • He also met St. Athanasius Parios (June 24), who was the director of the school in the city of Chios.

References

  1. Venerable Nicephorus of Chios (OCA)

Source

Further reading

An account of the of the life, character, and message of St. Nikephoros of Chios (1750-1821) — outstanding writer of liturgical poetry and lives of saints, educator, spiritual striver, and trainer of martyrs—together with a comprehensive list of his publications, selections from them, and brief biographies of eleven neo-martyrs and other Orthodox saints who are treated in his works. - 1976. 2nd, augmented edition, 1986. 124 pp., 2 illus.
  • St. Nikephoros of Chios, outstanding writer of litrugical poetry and lives of saints, educator, spiritual striver, and traner of martyrs by Constantine Cavarnos. Publisher: Belmont, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, c. 1976. ISBN 0914744321. pp. 111-114.
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