Saints of the Day – Nicanor, Martyr

detail of an icon of Saint Nicanor the Deacon, by Fedor Zubov, 1685, cathedral of the Novodevichiy convent, SmolenskyArticle

Died c.76. A Jewish resident of Jerusalem, Nicanor was one of the seven deacons selected by the Apostles to serve the needy (Acts 6:5). Tradition says he later went to Cyprus, where he suffered martyrdom during the reign of Emperor Vespasian (69-79), though this is uncertain (Benedictines, Delaney).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 September 2021. Web. 5 December 2021. <>