Saint Theodore who was from Constantinople, was born to parents who were pious
and of means. He took up the monastic life in a monastery in the imperial
city, and wore nought but a rough hair shirt for all his life, from
whence also he received his name. He reposed in the late fourth, or
early fifth century. Saint Joseph the Hymnographer composed a canon
in his honour.
Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone:
The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Father. For you took up
the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond
the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal.
Wherefore, O Holy Theodore, your soul rejoices with the angels.
Kontakion in the
As thy fiery chariot, thou didst ascend on the virtues, O God-bearer, mounting
up unto the dwellings of Heaven; and thou wast an Angel living on earth among
men, and a man dancing for joy with the holy Angels. Hence, O Theodore, thou
hast proved a godly vessel of awesome wonders and signs.
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