ST. THEODORE STRATELATES – Patron of Soldiers
A military commander in the city of Heraclea, Theodore was a devout Christian during the persecution under Emperor Licinius. Caught, he was tortured to convert to a pagan. In response, he tore down pagan temple statues, an act that sentenced him to death. Released by an angel, he preached Christianity to his people before he was beheaded, as recorded by his servant Varus.
d.319 Heraclea, Thrace
Patronage: Soldiers, Brindisi, Italy, Recovery of lost articles
Feast Day: February 7
Memorial Day Feb 7