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St. Theodore and Theophanes

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Feastday: December 27
Birth: 775
Death: 845

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Two brothers who endured persecution because of their resistance to the Iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire. Both were monks in the monastery of St. Sabbas in Jerusalem at the time when Byzantine officials demanded that the icons be destroyed. When the brothers opposed the action, they were beaten and had their faces cruelly disfigured by having verses carved into them. Theodore died in prison. Theophanes may have survived him long enough to become bishop of Nicaea.

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