Nicephorus the Leper

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Our venerable father Nicephorus the Leper lived in the twentieth century as a monk in the leper colony of Chios. He was a disciple of St. Anthimus of Chios. The holy Synod of Constantinople of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople glorified St. Nicephorus and added him to the calendar of commemorations on December 1, 2012.


Troparion (Tone 3)

O venerable father Nicephorus the Leper,
your struggles and courageous asceticism dumbfounded heaven's angels.
Like another Job in pain,
you endured and gave glory to God.
And so, he arranged for you a resplendent crown of miracles.
Rejoice, O guide of monastics!
Rejoice, O prism of light!
Rejoice, O delightful fragrance radiating from your relics!

Kontakion (Tone 2)

O venerable father Nicephorus,
shunning pain and bodily corruption,
like a horse you gallop towards the heavens,
the steadfast support of lepers.
A brilliantly lit temple of God,
your body shone in its illness.

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