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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Theodoros the Great Ascetic''' 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 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.
In the middle of the 9th century, St. Theodore of Edessa converted the "Saracen king", Muawid, one of the three sons of the Umayyad caliph Mutawakkil (847-861), to Orthodoxy, baptizing him with the name John together with his three confidants.[http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles4/MaximovMuslims.shtml]