Peter Damascene
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In third century Antioch, Syria, Nicephoros was a layman someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person and Saprikios was a presbyter Synonymous with priest. Its literal meaning in Greek (presbyteros) is "elder." , and they were friends. However, once after a disagreement, they refused to speak to each other. With humility, Nicephoros later tried to accept the blame, but the Saprikios was unmoved.

Saprikios was later arrested during a persecution and sentenced to die. Nicephoros waited along the path to the execution and begged for Saprikios' forgiveness, but Saprikios' heart was hardened. Finally Nicephoros told the executioner that he would take the Saprikios' place, and Nicephoros was beheaded.

Peter Damascene

This particular Peter, as there were two, was an ascetic One who is devoted to the practice of self-denial, either through seclusion or stringent abstinence. . It was said that he collected wisdom, like a bee does honey. He never owned a book, however, and was forced to borrow everything that he read.

As a bishop a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ. of Damascus, he spoke out so forcefully that the Arabs a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa. cut off his tongue and sent him to exile in Arabia. Through a miracle, he was still able to preach the gospel a writing that describes the life of Jesus, primarily used to refer to the Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of Luke, and Gospel of John. , and he converted many there.

He did write a book on the spiritual life (excerpt from How One Gains the True Faith). He wrote of the general and particular gifts of God, the general being the four elements, as well as His works revealed in the gospel. The particular gifts sent to each man, though they seem dramatically opposed, are all sent for salvation: wealth for mercy, poverty for patience, health for helping, and feebleness for humility. His life ended in martyrdom.

Glory be to God forever, Amen.


Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servants Nicephoros and Peter may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at last we may with them attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.