Beloved Son, Nearly Martyred in the Iconoclasm of Leo the Isaurian
|The one in the middle|
Geographic Note: Theophilus was born in Tiberioupolis, which is now called Strumica. This is part of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Obviously, for most of the twentieth century, it was within the borders of Yugoslavia, but prior to 1919, it was part of Bulgaria. Thus, Theophilus is sometimes called the Bulgarian, even if Bulgaria didn't exist in the eighth century (his era).
Beloved Son: Theophilus' parents did not like the fact that their son became a monk any better than any other parents ever did. They, however, came up with a better solution. When they finally tracked him down, they met with the igumen (hegumen, abbot) of the monastery he had joined years earlier. They asked if Theophilus and several brothers could be reassigned to a new monastery they were founding close to their home. If you know the Church won't give you back your kid, perhaps they will send him close to home, right?
The igumen led the brothers in prayer for guidance on the proposal. After three days of prayer, they heard a divine voice giving its assent. The monastery was endowed, the brothers transferred, and the parents relieved.
|If Abgar gets an icon, why can't I?|