Martyr Theodore of Ammoria in Phrygia

Saint Theodore was one of the 42 Christians martyred for Christ at Ammoria in Asia Minor around 845. In the service to these martyrs, he is described as the “all-blessed Theodore.”

The Syrians said to the soldier Theodore, “We know that you forsook the priestly office, became a soldier and shed blood in battle. You can have no hope in Christ, Whom you abandoned voluntarily, so accept Mohammed.” But the martyr replied, “You do not speak truthfully when you say that I abandoned Christ. Moreover, I left the priesthood because of my own unworthiness. Therefore, I must shed my blood for the sake of Christ, so that He might forgive the sins that I have committed against Him.”