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'''Saint Theophanes, Confessor and Hymnographer, Bishop of Nicea''' was the younger brother of the [[St. Theodore the Branded]] ([[December 27]]). The brothers received an excellent education and were particularly involved in philosophy. Striving towards the knowledge of God, they settled in the Lavra of St Sava. Here St. Theophanes was tonsured, and later became a [[hieromonk]].  
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Our father among the saints '''Theophanes the Confessor''' (also called '''Theophanes the Branded''') was Bishop of [[Nicea]].  He was the younger brother of the St. [[Theodore the Branded]] ([[December 27]]), and is also known for being a hymnographer. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[October 11]].
  
The holy brothers were famed as advocates of [[icon]] veneration. They boldly fulfilled the mission entrusted them by the [[Patriarch of Jerusalem]] and went to Constantinople to denounce the [[iconoclast]] emperor [[Leo the Armenian]] (813-820). Afterwards, they also denounced the iconoclast emperors Michael Balbos (820-829) and Theophilus (829-842).  
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==Life==
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The brothers received an excellent education and were particularly involved in philosophy. Striving towards the knowledge of God, they settled in the [[Lavra]] of St. Sava. Here St. Theophanes was [[tonsure]]d, and later became a [[hieromonk]].  
  
The saints had to endure imprisonment, hunger, even torture. The emperor Theophilus gave orders to inscribe a phrase insulting to the glorious [[confessor|confessors]] upon their faces with red-hot needles. Therefore, they are called "Branded". "Write whatever you wish, but at the [[Last Judgment]] you shall read your own writing," said the agonized brothers to the emperor. They sent Theodore to prison, where also he died (+ 833), but Theophanes was sent into exile. With the restoration of Icon veneration St. Theophanes was returned from exile and consecrated Bishop of Nicea. The saint wrote about 150 [[canon|canons]], among which is a beautiful canon in defense of holy icons. He died peacefully around the year 850. His feast day is celebrated on [[October 11]].
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The holy brothers were famed as advocates of [[icon]] veneration. They boldly fulfilled the mission entrusted them by the [[Patriarch of Jerusalem]] and went to Constantinople to denounce the [[iconoclast]] emperor [[Leo V the Armenian|Leo the Armenian]] (813-820). Afterwards, they also denounced the iconoclast emperors Michael Balbos (820-829) and [[Theophilus the Iconoclast|Theophilus]] (829-842).  
  
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The saints had to endure imprisonment, hunger, even torture. The emperor Theophilus gave orders to inscribe a phrase insulting to the glorious [[confessor]]s upon their faces with red-hot needles. Therefore, they are called "Branded." "Write whatever you wish, but at the [[Last Judgment]] you shall read your own writing," said the agonized brothers to the emperor. They sent Theodore to prison, where also he died (+ 833), but Theophanes was sent into exile. With the restoration of icon veneration, St. Theophanes was returned from exile and consecrated Bishop of Nicea. The saint wrote about 150 [[canon (hymn)|canons]], among which is a beautiful canon in defense of holy icons. He died peacefully around the year 850.
*[http://www.oca.org/FSlives.asp www.oca.org - Lives of Saints, October 11.]
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==Source==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=102937 St Theophanes the Confessor and Hymnographer, Bishop of Nicea] ([[OCA]])
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==External links==
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=237 Theophanes the Confessor, Bishop of Nicea] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=October&day=11 The Venerable Theophanes the Branded] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
  
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St. Theophanes the Confessor

Our father among the saints Theophanes the Confessor (also called Theophanes the Branded) was Bishop of Nicea. He was the younger brother of the St. Theodore the Branded (December 27), and is also known for being a hymnographer. His feast day is celebrated on October 11.

Life

The brothers received an excellent education and were particularly involved in philosophy. Striving towards the knowledge of God, they settled in the Lavra of St. Sava. Here St. Theophanes was tonsured, and later became a hieromonk.

The holy brothers were famed as advocates of icon veneration. They boldly fulfilled the mission entrusted them by the Patriarch of Jerusalem and went to Constantinople to denounce the iconoclast emperor Leo the Armenian (813-820). Afterwards, they also denounced the iconoclast emperors Michael Balbos (820-829) and Theophilus (829-842).

The saints had to endure imprisonment, hunger, even torture. The emperor Theophilus gave orders to inscribe a phrase insulting to the glorious confessors upon their faces with red-hot needles. Therefore, they are called "Branded." "Write whatever you wish, but at the Last Judgment you shall read your own writing," said the agonized brothers to the emperor. They sent Theodore to prison, where also he died (+ 833), but Theophanes was sent into exile. With the restoration of icon veneration, St. Theophanes was returned from exile and consecrated Bishop of Nicea. The saint wrote about 150 canons, among which is a beautiful canon in defense of holy icons. He died peacefully around the year 850.

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