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St. Nicetas of Pereaslav

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Russian monk and wonder worker. He worked as a tax collector at Pereaslav near Rostov. Nicetas was infamous for his avarice and pitiless fulfillment of his duties until he underwent a completely unexpected conversion. He left his wife and family and entered a monastery. There he gave himself utterly to a life of prayer and mortifications. Nicetas died when a group of bandits mistook the heavy metal shirt of penance he wore for silver and slew him for it. He was called "the Wonder Worker" for the many miracles attributed to him.

 

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