Feast Day: February 9th
The Life of Saint Nikephoros: Nikephoros then said to the executioner, “I am a Christian, and I believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. Execute me in place of Saprikios”…
Apolytikion: Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our Immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his Prayers, save our Souls, since Thou art Merciful.
Apolytikion: Love for the Creator enlightened thy Soul, enabling thee to fulfill the law of Grace, O Nikephoros. Thou didst love thy neighbor as thyself, win the contest, and destroy the serpent. Wherefore ever preserve us in peace.
Kontakion: Bound fast with chains of love, thou didst mightily sunder the wickedness of hatred with manifest courage, and hence, O Nikephoros, when the sword had cut off thy head, thou wast shown to be a godly Martyr of Jesus, Our Incarnate Saviour; Pray Him for us who honour thy glorious memory.
Megalynarion: Full of love towards God, O blessed one, you loved your neighbour as yourself. Therefore you also struggled, and deposed the worker of hate, O Nikephoros, taking refuge in Christ.