Theodoros the Great Ascetic

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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Theodoros the Great Ascetic''' (also known as '''Theodore of Edessa''') was a [[monk]] of the [[monastery]] of St. Savvas near Jerusalem who became [[bishop]] of Edessa in Syria.  His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[July 9]] or [[July 19]]. [http://www.doaks.org/saints2/dohp.asp?cmd=SShow&Key=32 His ''Life'' was written by Basil of Emesa].  The work ''A Century of Spiritual Texts'' is included in the ''Philokalia'' and is believed to have been written by St. Theodoros.
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In the middle of the 9th century, St. Theodore of Edessa [[conversion|converted]] the "Saracen king," Muawid, one of the three sons of the Umayyad caliph Mutawakkil (847-861 A.D.), to Orthodoxy, [[baptism|baptizing]] him with the name ''John'' together with his three confidants. [http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles4/MaximovMuslims.shtml]
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==Source==
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*''The [[Philokalia]]'', v. 2.
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101975 St. Theodore the Bishop of Edessa] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=2348 Saint Theodore, Bishop of Edessa] ([[GOARCH]])
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[[Category:Monastics]]
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