Holy Martyr Theodor of Komogovo

Teodor Sladić (Теодор Сладић) was born in a village in Kukuruzari (today Croatia) into a humble Serb family named Sladić. As a young man he accompanied a monk from the Serbian Orthodox Komogovina monastery (which is near his birthplace in Kukuruzari) to Moštanica monastery near Kozarska Dubica. He undertook an austere life both at Komogovina and Moštanica. When the Ottomans burned Moštanica, they killed many monks, as well as a large number of local Serbs from the surrounding villages.

Ascetic Theodor was ordered to give up his belief in Jesus Christ, but he refused. The Turks burned him alive in 1788 near Mostanica monastery. His body burned, but with God's miracle, his right hand has been kept, and has been exempted both from the fire and degradation. This was the first sign of the holiness of this martyr.

The saved hand was moved to Komogovina monastery, where it was by the beginning of World War II. During the war it was moved many times, and by the end of World War II it was found at St. Nicholas Church in Karlovac, where it remained until 1955, when it was returned to Kostajnica for safety reasons.