Nikiforov day. Do’s and don’ts for March 26, 2024

Nikephoros lived in the second half of the 8th century in Constantinople. His parents, rich and pious people, raised him to fear God. Under Emperor Leo IV, he received the high post of royal advisor. And already under Constantine VI he spoke on behalf of the emperor in defense of the veneration of icons at the Second Ecumenical Council of Nicaea. Afterwards, Nikephoros left the capital and settled in solitude and silence, then built a church and founded a monastery. In 806, after the death of Patriarch Tarasius, Nikephoros took monastic vows and was elevated to the patriarchal throne. Later, under the iconoclast Leo V the Armenian, the saint fell out of favor, he was excommunicated and exiled first to a monastery in Chrysopolis, and then to the island of Prokonnis in the Sea of ​​Marmara. After spending 13 years in exile, Nicephorus the Confessor died. After 19 years, it turned out that the remains of the saint turned out to be incorrupt. The relics were transferred to the Hagia Sophia.

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