Posted by: anna | October 2, 2009

St. Theodore of Tarsus

icon image from Aidan Hart Icons

St. Theodore of Tarsus, archbishop of Canterbury (690)

Theodore of Tarsus is well known and much written about – this prayer from Justus, an Anglican site, is a good summary of his work for Christian unity, fragmented in these islands even in those early days:

‘Almighty God, who didst call thy servant Theodore of Tarsus From Rome to the see of Canterbury, and didst give him gifts of grace and wisdom to establish unity where there had been division, and order where there had been chaos: Create in thy Church, we pray, by the operation of the Holy Spirit, such godly union and concord that it may proclaim, both by word and example, the Gospel of the Prince of Peace; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. ‘

I suspect the current incumbent must often ask for the help and intercession of his predecessor Theodore! and the multifarious Orthodox jurisdictions in the British Isles need his help these days too, to work for learning, order and unity among all our churches.

St Theodore is the patron saint of the Antiochian diocese in the UK; their website provides several icon images, lots of information about his life and work, troparia and kontakia.

Holy St Theodore, pray to God for us.

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