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Nikephoros of Chios

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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, and died there in 1821. 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. The church commemorates him 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 tothe 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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