March 25, 815 – Theodore the Studite

Pope Leo III, who was the first to crown a monarch when he crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor, said the church no longer needs to use icons of former saints and priests and “outlaws” them. The Eastern Church didn’t buy into that and Theodore the Studite, in an act of defiance, marched on March 25, 815 with his fellow monks through the monastery in Constantinople with icons on poles high enough to be seen over the walls. This is the icon of Theodore the Studite. 

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