You appeared to your flock as a rule of faith,
An image of humility and a teacher of abstinence.
Because of your lowliness, Heaven was opened to you.
Because of your poverty, riches were granted to you.
O holy bishop, Tarasius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!
You shone forth as a light of the Spirit,
Adorned with an exemplary life and clothed in hierarchical vesture.
You stilled the turbulence of heresy
And became a pillar and foundation of the Church,
Which praises your struggles, holy Father Tarasius.
You illumined the Church with Orthodox doctrine
and taught all to venerate and honor the precious image of Christ.
You vanquished the godless doctrine of the iconoclasts.
Therefore we cry to you:
"Rejoice, wise Father Tarasius."
Saint Tarasius (750-806 ), bishop, and Patriarch of Constantinople. Saint Tarasius led a life of service and charity, courageously confronting injustices and defending the faith against powerful rulers—oftentimes at risk to himself. His orthodoxy, coupled with his charitable nature, thoughtfulness, and fair-mindedness, allowed him to successfully lead the church at Constantinople for almost twenty-five years.
Tarasius was born in Constantinople to a noble family. Educated by his mother, he displayed an aptitude for study and embodied the Christian virtues from an early age. He was soon recognized and admired by all he encountered, and quickly rose through the public service and political ranks of the time. Appointed Secretary of State to Emperor Constantine IV and the Empress Irene. Despite his achievements and presence at the opulent court of Constantine, Tarasius lived an austere life of penance and prayer, similar to that of an Eastern monk.
Having renewed relations and accountability, Tarasius undertook significant reform within the see, which influenced the Eastern Church. He was a model of perfection and penance for his clergy, and through his model, reform was quickly established. He slept little, ate even less, and spent his days praying and engaged in charitable activities. It is said that he visited every home in Constantinople personally, distributing alms, and caring for the needs of those he encountered.
"I am innocent of that of which you accuse me," replied Saint Tarasius, "and you falsely slander me. You have no power over me at all."
Saint Tarasius lived a life of prayer, penance, and service, despite opportunity to acquire great wealth, power, and luxury. He resolutely defended and upheld the tenets of our faith, despite personal persecution and imprisonment. Throughout all, he demonstrated strength of character, humility, and virtue, caring for those in need, and placing the Lord before all things. Saint Tarasius, pray for us!
Saint Tarasius, we pray that we might have the strength and humility to live our lives for our Creator and not for the praise of men. Intercede for us, dear saint, that we might obtain the grace to live such humble lives. Amen.
Year 2: Day 56 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Strength, humility, charity.
Requested Intentions: Freedom from medical difficulties, employment, successful relationship (D); End to suffering for sick brother; reconciliation of estranged family (E); End to husband’s addiction; Improved relationship; strength (M); Successful God-centered marriage; Sacramental life (M); Healing, successful relationship (S); For successful marriage (A); For a husband’s freedom from addiction (C); Freedom from pain and illness for a friend (M); Financial freedom (J); Successful passing of occupational examination (S); Healing and conversion, sale of house (L); Occupational success for employee and colleagues (J); Employment for a son (C); Successful attainment of an important appointed position (J); Recovery from cancer for a friend (Z); For a family’s freedom from sin (M); For a daughter with Diabetes (A); Healing of a father following stroke (S).
Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?
Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."
To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."
As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."