Saint of the Day – 18 February – Saint Tarasios of Constantinople

The Memorial of Saint Tarasios of Constantinople

Saint Tarasios of Constantinople Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersBishops who became Saints

Saint Tarasios of Constantinople brief life History

Date of Birth 730 AD
Country of Birth Turkey in Europe
Profession Hierarch, Bishop and Confessor
Place of Work Constantinople, Turkey
Date of Death 25 February 806
Place of Death Constantinople
Feast Day 18 February
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
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Saint Tarasios of Constantinople Short life History

Saint Tarasius of Constantinople was also known as Tarasio, Tarasios

Born to the Byzantine nobility. Consul and then Secretary of State to Emperor Constantine IV and Empress Irene. Though a courtier in the most political of empires, he led the life of a monk. Unanimously chosen Patriarch of Constantinople; Tarasius said that he could not accept such a trust when his see was cut off from full commuion with Rome, which had happened under his predecessor.

He convoked a Council on 1 August 786 to settle the dispute of the use of holy images, but Iconoclasts rioted, and the Council was reconvened in 787 in Nicea; the Council determined that the Church was in favour of images, and the Pope approved.

Tarasius lived an ascetic life, eating simply and little, sleeping little, reading, praying, working for the Church. When the emperor put away his wife and got a priest to “marry” him to a servant, Tarasius condemned the action and was briefly imprisoned for his defiance.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Tarasios of Constantinople died on 25 February 806 of natural causes. His relics preserved in the church of San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy

Saint Tarasios of Constantinople