Orthodox icon | Saint Theodosia of Tyros | 25069


  • Greek icon
  • 8.7 x 7.3 cm | 3.4 x 2.9 in
  • 18th century


Theodora, also known as Theodosia in the Eastern Church, lived during a time when Christianity was still persecuted in many parts of the Roman Empire. At the young age of 17, she displayed a remarkable level of compassion and courage by making contact with imprisoned Christians and praying for them. Her actions drew the attention of Roman soldiers who were ruthlessly targeting Christians during the Diocletianic Persecutions.

Her willingness to stand up for her fellow believers and pray for them led to her arrest. Theodora was subjected to cruel torture, yet she steadfastly refused to renounce her Christian faith or give up her advocacy for her fellow believers. Finally, as a symbol of her unwavering faith, she was thrown into the sea, where she suffered martyrdom.

Accounts of Theodora’s martyrdom are recorded in the writings of Eusebius of Caesarea in his History of the Martyrs of Palestine. This story serves as a testament to her heroic faith and dedication to Christian values of love and compassion, even in times of persecution and suffering. Theodora is venerated as a martyr in the Orthodox tradition, reminding believers to uphold the principles of faith and mercy, even in the face of the greatest challenges and dangers.

Orthodox feast days: May 29, April 2, April 3.

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Orthodox icon | Saint Theodosia of Tyros | 25069
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