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[[Image:theophanesnicea.jpg|right|thumb|150px|St. Theophanes the Confessor]]
Our father among the saints '''Saint Theophanes, the Confessor and Hymnographer, ''' (also called '''Theophanes the Branded''') was Bishop of Nicea''' . He 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 is also known for being a hymnographer. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[hieromonkOctober 11]].
==Life==The holy brothers received an excellent education and were famed as advocates particularly involved in philosophy. Striving towards the knowledge of God, they settled in the [[iconLavra]] venerationof St. Sava. Here St. They boldly fulfilled the mission entrusted them by the Theophanes was [[Patriarch of Jerusalemtonsure]] d, and went to Constantinople to denounce the [[iconoclast]] emperor later became a [[Leo the Armenianhieromonk]] (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 tortureholy brothers were famed as advocates of [[icon]] veneration. The emperor Theophilus gave orders to inscribe a phrase insulting to They boldly fulfilled the mission entrusted them by the glorious [[confessor|confessorsPatriarch of Jerusalem]] upon their faces with red-hot needles. Therefore, they are called "Branded". "Write whatever you wish, but at and went to Constantinople to denounce the [[Last Judgmenticonoclast]] you shall read your own writing," said emperor [[Leo V the agonized brothers to Armenian|Leo the emperorArmenian]] (813-820). They sent Theodore to prisonAfterwards, where they also he died denounced the iconoclast emperors Michael Balbos (+ 833820-829), 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 Theophilus (hymn829-842)|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]].
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. ==SourcesSource==*[http://wwwocafs.oca.org/FSlivesFeastSaintsViewer.asp ?FSID=102937 St Theophanes the Confessor and Hymnographer, Bishop of Nicea] ([[OCA]]) ==External links==*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=237 Theophanes the Confessor, Bishop of Nicaea] ([[GOARCH]])*[http://www.ocawestsrbdio.org - Lives of Saints, /prolog/my.html?month=October &day=11.The Venerable Theophanes the Branded] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
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