Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

September 19

Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, was a Greek by birth, living in Tarsus, the home city of the Apostle Paul. Saint Theodore was consecrated Archbishop at the age of 65 and in his late seventies continued to actively preach the faith. He conducted the first council of the entire English Church at Hertford in 672 (the first ever council in Britain) which fought against heresy. Saint Theodore fell asleep in the Lord in 690, and his body remained incorrupt for a long time. Under his leadership, the English Church became united in a way that the various tribal kingdoms did not. The diocesean structures which he established continue to serve as the basis for church administration in England. He was respected for his administrative skills, and also for his moral and canonical decisions.

Troparion – Tone 8

As a compatriot of the preëminent Paul and a scion of Tarsus, O Theodore, bestowed upon the West by God thou didst traverse afar, proclaiming the peerless Gospel of Christ among the Angles and Saxons. Wherefore, having received thee as a gift divine and great, we cry out in thanksgiving to the Lord on high: Truly wondrous art Thou, O Savior, in Thy holy bishop and in all the saints!