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We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 984-996 A.D. Nicholas II Chyrsoberges—Constantinople’s 97th; 1st Metropolitan Appointed for Russia

December 984-996 A.D.  Nicholas II Chyrsoberges—Constantinople’s 97th;  1st Metropolitan Appointed for Russia

Nicholas II of Constantinople

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Seal of Patriarch Nicholas Chrsoberges

Nicholas II Chrysoberges (Greek: Νικόλαος Χρυσοβέργης) was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 984 to 996.

In 980, during the reign of Emperor Basil II, when Nicholas Chrysoberges was Ecumenical Patriarch, the Archangel Gabriel was believed to have appeared in the guise of a monk to the disciple of a certain monk at the Monastery of the Pantocrator in Mount Athos. The monk reported that the angel sang a new verse of the matins hymn, recorded on a slate still held at the monastery. Nicholas received the relic in the cathedral of Hagia Sophia. The Axion Estin is still sung in Orthodox services.

Nicholas' tenure also saw the completion of the Christianization of the Rus' and the appointment of the first metropolitan for Russia, Michael the Syrian.

Patriarch Nicholas was later canonized and is commemorated by both the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church on December 16.

Succeeded by
Sisinnius II

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