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|−|Saint Theodora of Thessalonica is commemorated by the Church on [[April 5]]. |+|
Theodora of Thessalonicais commemorated on [[April 5]].
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|−|== The name "Theodora" == |+|
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|−|The name 'Theodora' is Greek and means 'gift of God'. |+|
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|−|== Special Notes == |+|
|−|* The date or place of her birth are not known. |+|
|−|* She should not be confused with the other St Theodora of Thessalonica who is commemorated by the Church [[August 29]] . The latter, originally was from Aigina, Greece and died in 892 AD. |+|
In 830, St Joseph the Hymnographer (c. 810-886) wrote about her ... |+|
|−|* Her story was also published much later in Russia (1731) and at Thessalonica (1853). |+|
should not be confused with St Theodora of Thessalonicawho is commemorated [[August 29]].
Latest revision as of 14:52, March 22, 2012
The Venerable Theodora of Thessalonica, (Greek: "gift of God"), was a nun who lived a pure and blameless ascetic life. She is commemorated on April 5.
Nothing is known of Theodora’s birthplace and date, youth, and early life. From her youth she loved Christ. Desiring to leave worldly pursuits behind, she entered a woman’s monastery. There she kept a virtuous and ascetic life, being obedient to the abbess and all the other sisters. Her obedient nature even showed after her death.
The abbess fell asleep in the Lord many years after the sainted Theodora. When the grave for the abbess was dug, the relics of Theodora were uncovered. Her relics appeared to have moved in order to make room for the abbess’ body. This caused a reaction among those who witnessed the remarkable event who cry out, “Lord have mercy!”
Many who came to venerate her were healed of all manner of diseases or freed of the power of demons. Many miracles occurred through the holy relics of St Theodora.
The story of St Theodora was recorded in 830 by St Joseph the Hymnographer. Her memory should not be confused with that of St Theodora of Thessalonica who is commemorated on August 29.