Saint Theodore Trichinas ("Hair-Shirt Wearer") was born into a wealthy yet pious family in Constantinople. He denounced all earthly and material riches and dedicated his life to Christ in a monastery in the Imperial City. Having given away all that he had to the poor, and himself not owning anything, he clothed himself not in clothes but a rough hair garment all his life, and hence his name. He reposed at the end of the fourth or early fifth centuries. His memory is celebrated on April 20.
- The image of God was faithfully preserved in you O Father,
- for you took up the Cross and followed Christ
- by your actions you taught us took look beyond the flesh for it passes
- rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal
- wherefore O holy Theodore your soul rejoices with the angels.
- As your fiery chariot you did descend on the virtues, O God-bearer,
- mounting up under the dwellings of heaven.
- And you are an angel living on earth among men,
- and a man dancing for joy with the holy angels.
- Hence O Theodore, you have proven yourself a holy vessel of awesome wonders and signs.