(Saint) Bishop (February 25) (9th century) A Patriarch of Constantinople who presided over that Church in the troublous times of the Iconoclast Emperors. The Empress Irene, a cruel and worthless woman, was a principal abettor of the heretics. In the Acts of the Second Council of Constantinople, convened by Pope Hadrian I to oppose the innovators, Saint Tharasius is first named after the Papal Legates. Throughout his Episcopate the Saint showed himself, as a shepherd of souls, able and willing to denounce the vices of the Byzantine Princes and of their profligate Courts. On the other hand, he earned for himself the glorious title of “Father of the poor.” He died holily, as he had lived, A.D. 806.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Tharasius”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 February 2017. Web. 23 March 2017. <>