Theophylact of Ochrid

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Blessed Theophylactus of Ohrid (1126) was one of the most famous of the Byzantine exegetes; he was born on the Greek island of Euboia some time between 1050 and 1060. He went to Constantinople to be educated under the finest teachers of literature and rhetoric of his time, became one of the clergy of the Great Church there. He was consecrated a bishop and sent, against his will, to Ochrid, where he shepherded the Church in Bulgaria for twenty-five years. An inspired theologian and orator, he has left many homilies and, most important, a commentary on the whole New Testament, which has been has been treasured by Orthodox Christians ever since. In his last years he moved to Thessalonica, where he reposed in peace.