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Commemorated on April 29th

Sts Jason and Sosipater the Apostles of the Seventy and their Companions

Jason_Apostle 29th April

Both of Sts Jason and Sosipater were disciples of the Apostle Paul, who mentions them in his Epistle to the Romans, saying, "Jason and Sosipater my kinsmen greet you" (Rom 16:21). St Jason was from Tarsus of Cilicia, and became Bishop there. St Sosipater was from Patras of Achaia, and became Bishop of Iconium. When they had shepherded their churches well for a long time, they departed west that they might profit others also, and arrived finally at the island of Corfu, where they were the first to preach the Gospel to its people. They suffered many things for Christ's Name, drew many souls to salvation, and finished the course of their life there. In the ancient city of Corfu, a church from the first centuries, built in their honour and bearing inscriptions that mention the Saints by name, verifies the historical account concerning them.

Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)

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

Kontakion (Plagal of the Second Tone)

Being illuminated with the teachings of Paul, you became luminaries to the whole world, O thrice-blessed ones; for you ever shine upon the world with miracles, O Jason, fountain of healings, and Sosipater, glory of the Martyrs of Christ. O God-bearing Apostles, protectors of them that be in need, entreat God that our souls be saved.