Holy Hieromartyr Tevdore (†1609)
Memory 8 (21) June
Saint Tevdore was a simple priest who labored in the 16th century in the
At that time the Georgian ruler was the young King Luarsab II. When the Ottomans penetrated Kartli, the king was absent, abiding in his summer residence,
The Ottomans quickly crossed the Trialeti mountain range and advanced into Manglisi, pillaging the lands and laying waste to the people as they went. Miraculously, the
St. Luarsab had received no warning of the attack, and the enemy was just minutes from his castle.
Hoping to deceive them, Tevdore led the Ottomans along a narrow, rocky mountain path away from
But after some time the Ottomans realized that the priest had led them in the wrong direction. Embittered and hungry for revenge, they beheaded Fr. Tevdore.
As a result of St. Tevdore's great sacrifice, St. Luarsab had time to strengthen his fortifications, assemble his armies, and finally annihilate the enemy.
O Holy Father Tevdore, radiant star shining forth among martyrs, we entreat thine intercession before the Almighty God!
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