The Church remembers St. Herman of Constantinople

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St. Herman, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born in Constantinople in the 7th century. His father, one of the first senators in Byzantium, was killed by order of Emperor Constantine Pogonatus (668-685), and the boy Herman was castrated and sent to church clerics, where he deeply studied the Holy Scriptures. For the sanctity of his life, Herman was appointed bishop in the city of Kizik. St. Herman firmly stood up for the protection of the Orthodox faith from heretical iconoclasts. 
Subsequently, he was appointed Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Herman continued to resist the iconoclasts, led by the heretic emperor Leo III Isaurus (717-741), but the forces were unequal, and he was forced to put his omophorion in the altar on the throne and leave the pontifical pulpit. Then the angry emperor, denounced by the patriarch the day before of heresy, sent soldiers who subjected the saint to beatings and expelled from the patriarchal house. 
St. Herman was patriarch for 14 years and 5 months and retired to a monastery, where he spent the remaining days of his life. The Holy Patriarch Herman died in 740, at the age of 95, and was buried in the monastery of Chora in Constantinople. Subsequently, his relics were transferred to France.
At the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787), the name of Patriarch Herman was inscribed in the diptych of saints. St. Herman is known as a church writer. They have written: "Contemplation of Ecclesiastical objects, or Interpretation for the Liturgy" and a work dedicated to explaining difficult passages of Holy Scripture, as well as an essay on righteous retribution after death. 
According to the wealth of historical information, his writings on heresies that arose from apostolic times and on church councils that took place during the reign of Emperor Leo the iconoclast are important. Three epistles of the patriarch on the veneration of icons, which were read at the Seventh Ecumenical Council, have also been preserved. His other works are hymns in praise of the saints, words for the holidays of the Introduction to the temple, the Annunciation and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the renovation of the temple in honor of the Position of the Honest Belt of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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