Wednesday, December 2, 2020 UTC

FEB 29: COMMEMORATION OF THE MIRACLE OF THE GREAT-MARTYR THEODORE

 FEB 29: CONFESSION – 3:00 PM; VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY (SN) – 4:00 PM.

We commemorate on this day the Miracle of the Great Martyr Theodore and the boiled wheat. Fifty years after the death of Saint Theodore, the emperor Julian who was non-religious, ordered all food in the marketplace to be sprinkled with the blood offered to idols. He did this to outrage the Christians during the first week of Great Lent. Saint Theodore appeared in a dream to Archbishop Eudoxius, informing him to tell all Christians not to buy anything at the marketplaces, but rather to eat cooked wheat with honey (kolyva). This event is commemorated each year on the first Saturday of the Great Fast.