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Greatmartyr Theodore the Tyro ("the Recruit")

An icon of Greatmartyr Theodore the Tyro (

The Icon

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,
For the Holy Martyr Theodore rejoiced in the flames as though at the waters of rest,
Offering himself as sweet bread to the Trinity.
So by his prayers, O Christ God, save our souls!

Kontakion - Tone 8

Your faith in Christ was like a breastplate upon your heart:
With its aid, you overcame the power of the enemy.
Therefore you are crowned in eternity with a heavenly diadem.

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