Hosios Nikon “the Repenter”
Prefectural Administration of Lakonia
Hosios – Venerable - Nikon “the Repenter” is the patron saint and protector of the town of Sparta and is especially honoured by the local church. His memory is celebrated on 26 November. He was born in a village along the Black Sea in the early 10th century, was active in missionary work, and was a great preacher of the Bible. A main focus of his preaching was repentance - hence his name Nikon “the Repenter.” Nikon travelled through many countries of Anatolia, and then to Crete, Epidaurus in the Argolid, Athens, Euboea, Thebes, Corinth, and finally reached Sparta. Here he built two churches and then travelled to Mani, Methoni, Messene, Arcadia, finally settling in the city of the Laconians, Sparta.
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