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St. Dorotheus icon

St. Dorotheus icon

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Orthodox icon of Saint Dorotheus, Hieromartyr Dorotheus the Bishop of Tyre.

Commemorated June 5.

The Hieromartyr Dorotheus was bishop of the Phoenician city of Tyre, during the time of the persecution against Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). Heeding the words of the Gospel (Mt.10:23), the saint withdrew from Tyre and hid from the persecutors. He returned to Tyre during the reign of St Constantine the Great (306-337, May 21), again occupying the bishop's throne he guided his flock for more than fifty years, and converted many of the pagans to Christianity.

When the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363) began openly to persecute Christians, St Dorotheus was already over 100 years old. He withdrew from Tyre to the Myzean city of Udum (present day Bulgarian Varna). Delegates of the emperor arrested him there for his refusal to offer sacrifice to idols. They began to torture the holy Elder, and under torture he surrendered his soul to the Lord (+ ca. 362) at the age of 107. Some ascribe to St Dorotheus the compilation of a work, The Synopsis, a collection of sayings, and including lives of the holy prophets and apostles.

Reference: O.C.A.


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