Apostle Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles, and Aristobulus of the Seventy; Martyr Epimachus of Pelusium, who suffered in Alexandria; Memorial Saturday

1. Saint Stachys, one of the Seventy Apostles, was made Bishop of Byzantium by Saint Andrew (November 30). He built a church at Argyropolis, and many people gathered there to hear him preach. He was a good shepherd to his flock, tirelessly laboring for their salvation. He died in peace.

Saint Amplias was a bishop in the city of Diospolis.

Saint Urban was made a bishop by Saint Andrew (November 30), and was active in Macedonia. They were killed by Jews and pagan Greeks because of their zeal in preaching the Gospel.

Saint Narcissus, one of the Seventy Apostles, was made Bishop of Athens by the Apostle Philip.

Saint Apelles was bishop at Heraclion in Trachis.

Saint Aristobulus was the brother of Saint Barnabus (June 11) and proclaimed the Gospel in Britain, where he died in peace. He is also commemorated on March 16.

Troparion, tone 3:
Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles, and Aristobulus, entreat the merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

2. The Holy Martyr Epimachus of Alexandria was a native of Egypt. For a long time he lived in seclusion on Mount Peleusium. During a persecution against Christians at Alexandria (about the year 250), Saint Epimachus in his fervent zeal came into the city, destroyed pagan idols, and fearlessly confessed Christ.

For this the saint was put to torture. Among the people watching the torture was a woman who was blind in one eye. A drop of blood from the martyr healed her infirmity.

After fierce tortures, the saint was beheaded by the sword.

Saint Epimachus is also commemorated on March 11.

Troparion, tone 4:
Your holy martyr Epimachus, O Lord, through his suffering has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. Through his intercessions, save our souls!

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