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Our venerable and God-bearing Father St. '''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]]. ==Life==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.  :''Although St Nicephorus probably reposed in the summer of 1821, his feast day 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 Nikephorus St Nicephorus were uncovered in 1845 and brought tothe Metropolitan 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 honourhonor.''<ref>[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101262 Venerable Nicephorus of Chios] ([[OCA]])</ref>
==Bibliography==
* Church Service service and Hymns hymns to StSs. Niketas, John , and Joseph ([[May 20]]).* Church Service service and Hymns hymns to St. [[Matrona of Chios]] ([[October 20]]).* Church Service service and Hymns hymns to new-martyr St. [[Nicholas the New]] ([[October 31]]), published in Venice in 1791.
=="''The New Leimonarion"''==* In 1805, on his deathbed, St. [[Macarius of Corinth|Macarius entrusted ]] asked St. Nikephorus with the task of completing and publishing Nikephoros to finish his book ''"The New Leimonarion"''and see that it be published. This book contained contains the [[hagiography|lives ]] and church services of various martyrs[[martyr]]s, ascetics[[ascetic]]s, and other saints. It is remarkable that three Three saints collaborated on to compile this book about saints, : St. Macarius, St. Nikephorus Nikephoros, and St. Athanasius Parios.
==Relationships==
* [[Metropolis of Chios]]* 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 Nikephoros saw St . Macarius frequently, and learned much from him.* He also met St. '''[[Athanasius Parios]]''' ([[June 24]]), who was the Director director of the school in the city of Chios. ==References==<references />
==External linkSource==* [http://wwwocafs.oca.org/FSLivesAllSaintsFeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&MID=51&DFSID=1 St. Nikephoros 101262 Venerable Nicephorus of Chios] ([[OCA]]).
==Further reading==
*''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.
*''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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