Patriarch Nicholas II of Constantinople
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.
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Antony III the Studite
|Patriarch of Constantinople
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