Saint Days: Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury
Theodore of Tarsus lived from 602-690. He was born in Cilicia. Captured by the Persians at the age of 11 or 12. As he got older, he studied in Antioch and then Constantinople in 637 when he fled the Muslim Conquests. In the 660s, he went to Rome where he became well versed in the secular and ecclesial culture. He was made Archbishop of Canterbury in 668. His tenure brought the Church in England more in line with the See of Rome. He also established a school at Canterbury that led to a golden age of Anglo-Saxon scholarship.
Let us remember Theodore of Tarsus in our prayers today:
Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servant Theodore of Tarsus may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at last we may with him attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.