Saint Theodora of Vasta, the Righteous Martyr

Feast Day: September 11th


The Life of Saint Theodora of Vasta: She Prayed: “My Christ, forgive my enemies. Let my body become a Church, my hair a forest of trees, and my blood a spring to water them.”…

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Prayers

Apolytikion: As a most-precious gift, and rational offering, was proved to be, to Christ the God over all, your blood O all-pure one. Therefore Righteous Martyr, Theodora entreat for the remission of sins, salvation of Souls, grant to those who honour your Divine struggles.


Saint Theodora wanted to help her village when it was raided by bandits, so she disguised herself as a male soldier. She however became injured and, right before her Blessed Repose, Prayed: “My Christ, forgive my enemies. Let my body become a Church, my hair a forest of trees, and my blood a spring to water them.” Afterwards, the local villagers honoured her bravery and built a Church at Saint Theodora’s grave, and it is a Miraculous Church. The local river changed its direction to pass directly under the Church, from which 17 trees grew from the roof, with no visible roots, and most are 30 metres tall.

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Icons

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Below is an Icon of Saint Theodora together with two Saints that share the same Feast Day of September 11th – Saint Euphrosynos the Cook and Saint Theodora of Alexandria.


Reflections by Fr Demos

Read the brief account of when our Parish Priest visited the Holy Church of Saint Theodora of Vasta…