Thursday, February 8, 2018

"You were given as a gift by God to the world..."

St. Theodore Stratelates (The Commander), the Great Martyr (source)

You were given as a gift by God to the world, according to your name, a divine gift, a greatly-desired gift, a gift enriching every one of the faithful, a gift that is sweetly received in deed and name, as you send down upon all gifts accordingly, and fulfill the requests of your servants.

You were given by God as the physician of those ailing, the deliverance of captives, the entreaty for sinners, the remission for those guilty, the consolation of those who mourn, O greatly-compassionate Theodore.
-from the Matins Canon to St. Theodore Stratelates
St. Theodore Stratelates (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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