Nicanor the Deacon

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Saint Nicanor
Nicanor the Deacon by Fedor Zubov (1685, Smolensky cathedral of Novodevichiy convent).jpg
BornThessaloniki, Greece
Venerated in Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
Feast 26th of December

Nicanor ( /nˈknər/ ; Greek : NικάνωρNīkā́nōr) was one of the Seven Deacons. [1] He was martyred in 76.

Greek language Language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

Seven Deacons

The Seven, often known as the Seven Deacons, were leaders elected by the Early Christian church to minister to the community of believers in Jerusalem, to enable the Apostles to concentrate on 'prayer and the Ministry of the Word' and to address a concern raised by Greek-speaking believers about their widows being overlooked in the daily diakonia or ministry. The words food or funds never appear in any Greek manuscript of the New Testament. The words first make their appearance in translations of the Bible from the 1940's onwards. In the context Chapter six of Acts the daily diakonia must refer to the ministry of the Word and not food or funds. The section concludes by stating that the word of God continued to spread and makes no mention of widows receiving more food or funds.The ministry to be undertaken is preaching the word to Greek speakers. The works of Stephen and Philip are the only two recorded and their works concern preaching, catechising and baptising. Philip is simply referred to as "the evangelist" in Chapter 18. Their appointment is described in Chapter 6 of the Acts of the Apostles. According to a later tradition they are supposed to have also been among the Seventy Disciples who appear in the Gospel of Luke. Although the Seven are not called 'deacons' in the New Testament, their role is described as 'diaconal', and they are therefore often regarded as the forerunners of the Christian order of deacons.

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  1. Saint Nicanor Patron Saint Index

Saint Nicanor was martyred in 76. He went to Cyprus, where he was put to death during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, although this is now believed unlikely.