This is an excerpt from the book STORIES, SERMONS, AND PRAYERS OF ST. NEPHON: AN ASCETIC BISHOP.
BITTER DEATH, PURE SOUL Saint Nephon lifted the people who had fallen at his feet and had them sit on stools. Then he began an amazing narration:
“There lived a young man in Constantinople, Basil by name. He was crafty, filthy, and very shameless. He would spend all day and night in the dens of iniquity.
Lord, have mercy on all who ridicule me or hate me. You know the evil one incites them to do this, just as he makes me continually embitter Your Divine Name.