Agios Theodoroi ( Saint Theodore )
Name Day: February 8
This is a high quality Byzantine icon paper reproduction with glossy finish, mounted on a wood frame. The back of the icon has a hole for wall mounting.
This is a replica of a hand-made icon by iconographer and painter Zafiris. The original may be available for purchase and a quote will be provided upon request.
Size in inches: 7.5 x 10 x 1
Size in centimeters: 18.5 x 25 x 2.5
Saint Theodore is a martyr and warrior saint venerated with the title Great-martyr in the Eastern Orthodox Church. According to tradition, he was born in the city of Euchantum, endowed with many talents. He was also handsome and known for his charity and bravery. Appointed military-commander ( stratelatos ) in the city of Heracleion, during the time the emperor Licinius (307 - 324), he began a fierce persecution of Christians. Theodore himself invited Licinius to Heracleium, having promised to offer a sacrifice to the pagan gods. He requested that all the gold and silver statues of the gods which they had in Heracleion be gathered up at his house. Theodore then smashed them into pieces which he then distributed to the poor. Theodore was arrested, subjected to torture, then crucified. The witness was his servant Varos (also venerated as a saint). In the morning the imperial soldiers found him alive and unharmed. Not wanting to flee a martyr's death, Theodore voluntarily gave himself over again into the hands of Licinius, and was beheaded by the sword. This occurred on 8 February 319, on a Saturday, at the third hour of the day.