This Saint was the son of one of the foremost princes in Constantinople, and
was originally a consul and first among the Emperor's private counselors.
Then, in 784, he was elected Patriarch of Constantinople by the Sovereigns
Irene and her son Constantine Porphyrogenitus. He convoked the Seventh
Ecumenical Council that upheld the holy icons, and became the boast
of the Church and a light to the clergy. He reposed in 806.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone:
The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, an
icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, thou hast
achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty. O Father and Hierarch
Tarasios, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion in the
Thou didst make the Church to shine with thy most Orthodox doctrines, teaching
all to venerate and worship Christ's sacred image; so didst thou convict the
godless and hateful doctrine of all them that fought against Christ's ven'rable
icon; O Tarasius our Father most wise and blessed, to thee we all cry: Rejoice.
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