May 31 - Martyrs David and Tarichan of Georgia

While mourning for her children, Tagine had pity on her brother. She anointed his eyes with some dirt that was stained with David's blood. Theodosius regained his sight, and confessed Christ to be the True God.

Martyrs David and Tarichan of Georgia

Saints David and Tarichan lived in the seventh century. They were the sons of pious Armenian parents. After their father's death, the pagan Theodosius (their mother's brother) wanted to take their inheritance. He tried to persuade the brothers and their mother to convert to paganism.

The mother then fled with her sons to southern Georgia. They settled in a solitary place, and made their living by herding sheep. The evil Theodosius, fearing that the children would grow up and take back their inheritance, managed to find them near Tao where they lived, and killed them while they were taking the sheep to pasture. The murderer immediately went  blind.

While mourning for her children, Tagine had pity on her brother. She anointed his eyes with some dirt that was stained with David's blood. Theodosius regained his sight, and confessed Christ to be the True God.

At night the martyr's bodies were illuminated with a radiant light. Theodosius built a church in the name of the martyr David. The mayor of Divri brought Tarichan's relics to Armenia, where a church was built in his honor.

The thirty-first of May is the feast day of the Holy Martyrs David and Tarichan of Georgia.

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