St. Patapius of Thebes; Apostles Caesar, Tychicus, and Onesiphorus of the Seventy

Saint Patapius

He was born at Thebes into a pious Christian family. Reaching the age of maturity, he scorned the vanities of the world and so went into the Egyptian desert where he became known for his ascetic deeds. Though he wished to dwell in silence, people began to come to him for advice.

He went eventually to Constantinople, where he obtained a cell at the city wall, near the Blachernae church. But here, too, he quickly became known. The sick began to throng about, and he having been vouchsafed the gift of healing, began to help all the needy.

After a life adorned with virtue and miracles, Saint Patapius fell asleep in the Lord and was buried in the church of Saint John the Baptist.

Troparion, tone 8:
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Father,  for you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal. Therefore your spirit, venerable Patapius, rejoices with the angels.

Saints Caesar, Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Onesiphorus

Apostles of the 70 were chosen and sent by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself to preach. They were chosen some time after the selection of the Twelve Apostles (Luke 10:1-24).

Saint Caesar preached at and was bishop of Dyrrhachium, a district of the Peloponnesos in Greece.

The Church also remembers Saint Onesiphorus (September 7) with them.

Saint Tychicus, a native of Asia Minor, was a disciple and companion of the holy Apostle Paul. During Saint Paul’s first imprisonment, he delivered the Epistles to the Ephesians and to the Colossians. He replaced Saint Sosthenes on the episcopal throne at Caesarea.

All of these saints departed peacefully to the Lord (they are also commemorated on March 30).

Troparion, tone 8:
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Father, for you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal. Therefore your spirit, venerable Patapius, rejoices with the angels.

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