Greatmartyr Theodore the Tyro ("the Recruit")
The Icon portrays St. Theodore in his Roman military uniform holding a spear, sword and a breast plate. These symbolize the weapons of peace described in the New Testament - the sword of the spirit and the breastplate of righteousness. The Church does not consider the condition of soldier as incompatible with the quality of a Christian. It does not oppose a Christian embracing a military career to defend Christian values. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13). St. Theodore suffered martyrdom about the year 306 under the Romanus emperor Galerius (305-311). Unharmed by the fire, the body of St. Theodore was buried in the city of Euchaita, not far from Amasium. His relics were afterwards transferred to Constantinople, to a church dedicated to him. His head is in Italy, in the city of Gaeto.
Feast Day - February 17th
Troparion - Tone 2
Great are the accomplishments of faith,
Kontakion - Tone 8
Your faith in Christ was like a breastplate upon your heart:
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