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Commemorated on April 8th

Sts Agavos, Rouphos, Asynkritos, Phlegon, Herodion, and Hermes of the 70 Apostles

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Apostle Herodion, whom St Paul mentions in his Epistle to the Romans (16:11) and calls his "kinsman", was ordained Presbyter and then Bishop of New Patras, where he was slain by Jews and pagans. St Agavos is mentioned in Acts 21:10-11, where he prophesied St Paul's arrest in Jerusalem at the hands of the Jewish leaders. In Acts 11:27-28 it is mentioned also that this Saint foretold the great famine that would happen in the time of Claudius Caesar.

Having preached the Gospel throughout various regions, he departed to the Lord. The Apostle Rouphos became Bishop of Thebes in Greece. The Apostles Asynkritos and Phlegon preached Christ in many places, suffered many afflictions at the hands of the pagans and Jews, and departed unto the Lord. The Apostle Hermes is mentioned with them in the Epistle to the Romans (16:13-14).

Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)

O Holy Apostles, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

Like stars, O holy Apostles, you illumine the way of the faithful with the light of the Holy Spirit. You repel the darkness of error as you gaze on God the Word.