Commemorated on March 13th
Translation of the Holy Relics of St Nicephorus, Archbishop of Constantinople
St Nicephoros whose main feast is on June 2 was a dignitary at the court of the Empress Irene (797-802 AD), and then after receiving monastic tonsure, he became known for his piety. In the year 806 AD, he was elevated to the Patriarchal Throne. The Saint was a zealous defender of the holy Icons. When the Iconoclast Emperor Leo the Armenian (813-820 AD) came to rule, St Nikephorus was exiled to Prokonnis in 815 AD, where he died in the year 828 AD.
In the year 846 AD the holy relics of St Nikephorus were opened when St Methodius (commemorated June 14) was Archbishop (Ecumenical Patriarch) of Constantinople. The relics were found incorrupt and fragrant. They transferred them from Prokonnis to Constantinople and placed them for one day in Hagia Sophia, and then they were transferred to the Church of the Holy Apostles. The Saint's hands are preserved at Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
The truth of things have revealed you to your flock as a rule of faith, an icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, you have achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty. O Father and Hierarch Nicephoros, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Troparion (Third Tone)
Your fragrant relics have been revealed as godly treasure filled with life for the Church. On their august translation we receive the gift of the Spirit. O righteous Father Nicephorus, pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.