Commemorated on March 8
was a presbyter and maintainer of vessels at the cathedral church in Antioch.
This church was built and richly adorned by the emperor – holy
Equal-to-the-Apostles Constantine the Great (306-337, Comm. 21 May) and his son
Constantius, and it was called among the people "the Golden church".
Having occupied the throne after the death of the emperor Constantius
(337-361), Julian the Apostate (361-363) decided to restore paganism throughout
all the Roman empire. The emperor appointed his uncle, also named Julian, as
governor of Antioch. He ordered him to close the Christian temples, and in
seizing the valuables within them to hand it over to the imperial treasury.
Wanting to please the emperor, the governor – also an apostate from the
Christian faith, set about his impious task with zeal. Arriving at Antioch with
the dignitary Felix, he gave orders to lock up the presbyter Theodorit under
guard, and he set about to his plundering, defiling the altar and the holy
altar-table. One of those present, Euzoios, tried to admonish the impiety, and
for this he was killed. Julian accused Theodorit of hiding the church
valuables, but the venerable maintainer of vessels denied the accusation and
openly denounced Julian for his apostasy.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.