Saturday, May 17, 2008

Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy

Commemorated on May 17

Saint Andronicus Apostle of the Seventy and Saint Junia were relatives of the holy Apostle Paul. They labored much, preaching the Gospel to pagans. St Paul mentions them in his Epistle to the Romans: "Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and fellow prisoners, who are of note among the Apostles, who also were in Christ, before me" (Romans 16:7).

St Andronicus was made Bishop of Pannonia, but his preaching also took him and St Junia to other lands, far from the boundaries of his diocese. Through the efforts of Sts Andronicus and Junia the Church of Christ was strengthened, pagans were converted to the knowledge of God, many pagan temples closed, and in their place Christian churches were built. The service in honor of these saints states that they suffered martyrdom for Christ.

In the fifth century, during the reign of the emperors Arcadius and Honorius, their holy relics were uncovered on the outskirts of Constantinople together with the relics of other martyrs at the gate of Eugenius (February 22).

It was revealed to the pious cleric Nicholas Kalligraphos that among the relics of these seventeen martyrs were the relics of the holy Apostle Andronicus. Afterwards, a magnificent church was built on this spot.

Troparion - Tone 3

O holy apostle Andronicus,Entreat the merciful God,To grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion - Tone 2

Let us praise Andronicus, the Apostle of Christ,As a most radiant starWhose light of the knowledge of God illumines the nations,And the most wise Junia who shared his labor of evangelization, crying out:Entreat Christ our God unceasingly in behalf of us all.


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