Confessor Stephen, Abbot of Triglia

Stephen, abbot of Triglia lived during the reign of king Leo the Armenian in 815. He loved the ascetic way of life since his youth.

Because of his virtuous life and after a lot of entreaties from the part of the people, he became abbot of the monastery of Triglia.

After he had spent a lot of time living ascetically as the abbot of this monastery, he was called by the aforementioned impious Leo the iconoclast, who had started a great persecution against those who venerated and honoured the holy icons. The tyrant tried to make him deny the veneration of the holy icons and sign against the orthodox faith. However, Stephen was not convinced but instead he called those iconoclasts, who tried to make him do this, impious. So, he was punished severely, thrown to prison and exiled.