Icon on left: Apostle Nicanor
Commemorated on July 28
Saints Nicanor, Prochorus, Timon, and Parmenas, Apostles of the Seventy were among the first deacons in the Church of Christ.
In the Acts of the Holy Apostles (6:1-6) it is said that the twelve Apostles chose seven men: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and appointed them to serve as deacons.
They are commemorated together on July 28, although they died at various times and in various places.
Although St Nicanor suffered on the same day that the holy Protomartyr Stephen (December 27) and many other Christians were killed by stoning, he is commemorated on December 28.
Troparion - Tone 3
O holy apostle Nicanor,Entreat the merciful God,To grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.
Kontakion - Tone 1
You were holy deacons and eye-witnesses of the Word,And chosen vessel of the faith,O glorious Nicanor, Prochorus, Parmenas and Timon.Therefore today we celebrate your sacred memory,Blessing you in gladness of heart.