Apostle Hermas

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The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle Hermas''' was one of the [[Apostles#The_Seventy|Seventy Apostles]] and was [[bishop]] in Philipopoulis.  The ''[[Shepherd of Hermas]]'' is also traditionally ascribed to him.  He is referenced in [[Romans]] 16:14, and his [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[May 31]], on [[November 5]] with Apostles [[Apostle Patrobas|Patrobas]], [[Apostle Linus|Linus]], [[Apostle Gaius|Gaius]], and [[Apostle Philologos|Philologos]], and on [[January 4]] among the Seventy. 
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==Life==
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He was wealthy, but fell into poverty because of sin and the sins of his sons. He was thus visited by an [[angel]] of [[repentance]], who stayed with him until the end of his life, during which time he wrote ''The Shepherd of Hermas'', a widely read work in the early Church detailing the teachings the angel gave him and focusing on repentance:
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*believe in God
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*live in simplicity and innocence; do not speak evil; give [[alms]] to all who beg
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*love truth and avoid falsehood
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*preserve [[chastity]] in your thoughts
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*learn [[patience]] and generosity
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*know that a good and an evil spirit attend every man
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*fear God and not the devil
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*perform every good act, and refrain from every evil deed
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*pray to God from the depth of your soul with [[faith]] that your [[prayer]]s will be fulfilled
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*guard against melancholy, the sister of doubt and anger
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*test true and false spirits
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*guard against every evil desire
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He ended his life as a [[martyr]].
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== Source ==
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*St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100058 Apostle Hermas of the Seventy], January 4 ([[OCA]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101567 Apostle Hermas of the Seventy], May 31 (OCA)
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103180 Apostle Hermes of the Seventy], November 5 (OCA)
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[[Category:Biblical Saints|Hermas]]
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[[Category:Bishops|Hermas]]
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[[Category:Martyrs|Hermas]]
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[[Category:Saints|Hermas]]
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[[Category:Ante-Nicene Fathers]]
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[[ro:Apostolul Ermie]]
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