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Monday, March 20, 2017

Saint Nicetas of Apollonias - March 20

Saint Nicetas was Archbishop of Apollonias in Bithynia (northwest Turkey) during the reign of Emperor Leo V (813-820).  Emperor Leo V condemned the veneration of religious images. Nicetas was repeatedly reprimanded and finally exiled for his defense of the veneration of images of Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and the Saints.  Saint Nicetas died in prison, and is traditionally commemorated on March 20. 

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