Category Archives: St. Theodore the Studite

Born: 759, Constantinople
Reposed: 826
Feast: 11 November (main); 26 January (transfer of relics from Chersonessus to Constantinople in the year 845)

Life of Saint

St. Theodore the Studite: Are you not afraid of death, which we shall all face in a little while . . .

Icon of St. Theodore the Studite“Are you not afraid of death, which we shall all face in a little while? How are we to look on the fearsome angels, as they come to take us from the body? How are we to journey on that long and unending road, if we have not obtained the necessities for the journey?”

+ St. Theodore the Studite, Catechesis 103, On Keeping God’s Commandments and the Just Threat Against Those who Neglect Them

St. Theodore the Studite: Shall we say: ‘Since it is lawful for an archbishop together with his associates to do as he pleases . . .

Icon of St. Theodore the Studite“Shall we say: ‘Since it is lawful for an archbishop together with his associates to do as he pleases, let him be for the duration of his archbishopric a new Evangelist, another Apostle, a different Law-giver?’ Certainly not. For we have an injunction from the Apostle himself: If anyone preaches a doctrine, or urges you to do something against what you have received, against what is prescribed by the canons of the catholic and local synods held at various times, he is not to be received, or to be reckoned among the number of the faithful. And I forbear even to mention the terrible judgment with which the Apostle concludes (Gal. 1:8).”

+ St. Theodore the Studite, Epistle 24, 94-101

St. Theodore the Studite: . . . let us hold fast to love of him, hating and rightly turning away from the devil. . . .

Icon of St. Theodore the Studite“. . . let us hold fast to love of him, hating and rightly turning away from the devil. For as our benefactor is loved and cherished in proportion to his benefactions, so the wicked one should be hated and rejected for his ways in equal proportion. For he is the destroyer of our life. In the words of the Master, he is a murderer from the beginning [John 8:44]. He is the one who has divided our race into ten thousand opinions, wounding it with many darts of sin and seeking to swallow down the inhabited world. If we do not hate him, there will be no escaping the punishment that will be meted out to us, because we joined to our foe and murderer. But, my brothers, let us fly from him! Let us fly most certainly. What is flight? The avoidance of wicked actions and thoughts, and also affinity with God, the assumption of good works.”

— St. Theodore the Studite

St. Theodore the Studite: For it is a commandment of the Lord . . .

Icon of St. Theodore the Studite“For it is a commandment of the LORD not to be silent at a time when the Faith is in jeopardy.  Speak, Scripture says, and hold not thy peace….”

–St. Theodore the Studite

St. Theodore the Studite: . . . God, who fashioned us and brought us out of non-existence into being . . .

Icon of St. Theodore the Studite“Brethren and fathers, God, who fashioned us and brought us out of non-existence into being, has placed us in this life as in a schoolroom to learn to gospel of his kingdom.”

— St. Theodore the Studite

St. Theodore the Studite: This is the sum of the mystery . . .

Icon of St. Theodore the Studite“This is the sum of the mystery: to be corpses to the world but alive to God.”

— St. Theodore the Studite