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St. Theodora of Thessalonica


Commemorated on April 5

There is no information about St. Theodora’s birthplace or early life. From a young age, she loved Christ and turned away from worldly pursuits. She entered a women’s monastery, where she struggled in asceticism and adorned her soul with virtues. Regarding the other sisters as worthy of honor, she was obedient to all, especially to the abbess. Even after her death, St. Theodora was a model for the nuns of a pure and blameless life.

Years after the saint’s blessed repose, the abbess also departed to the heavenly habitations. When they dug the grave to bury the abbess, they uncovered the relics of St. Theodora. Just as though she were still alive, she moved over in order to make room for the abbess. When those present witnessed this remarkable event, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy!”

Many miracles were worked through St. Theodora’s holy relics. Those who came to venerate her were healed of all manner of diseases, or freed from the power of demons. Therefore, the faithful continue to celebrate her memory.

St. Theodora should not be confused with the other St. Theodora of Thessalonica who is commemorated on August 29.

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