Thursday, February 7, 2013

Theodore the Soldier

Roman soldier and covert Christian during a time of persecution. Exposed as a Christian, a military tribunal decided he was a good soldier who had made a mistake, told him to reconsider, and set him free; he promptly burned down a pagan temple. Arrested again, he was ordered to apostatize, then tortured by having his flesh torn off; he responded by reciting the Psalms. Martyr.

Propers for Theodore - Soldier for Christ, Martyr

The Collect

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who didst strengthen thy blessed martyr Theodore with the virtue of constancy in faith and truth: Grant us in like manner for love of thee to despise the prosperity of this world, and to fear none of its adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lesson - 2 Esdras 2:42-48

The Gospel - St. Matthew 10:16-22

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