Apostle Sosthenes

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The holy, glorious, all-laudable '''Apostle Sosthenes''' is one of the [[Apostles#The_Seventy|Seventy Apostles]], and was a [[bishop]] in either Caesarea or Colophon in Asia Minor. He is commemorated by the Church on [[January 4]] with the Seventy; on [[March 30]] with Apostles [[Apostle Apollo|Apollos]], [[Apostle Cephas|Cephas]], [[Apostle Caesar|Caesar]], and [[Apostle Epaphroditus|Epaphroditus]] of the Seventy; and on [[December 8]] with Ss. Apollos, Cephas, [[Apostle Tychicus|Tychicus]], Epaphroditus, Caesar, and [[Apostle Onesiphorus|Onesiphorus]].
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==Life==
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St. Sosthenes was head of the Jewish synagogue at Corinth before his [[conversion]] to Christianity (cf. [[Acts of the Apostles|Acts]] 18:17).  He suffered a beating during a riot against the [[Apostle Paul]].  St. Paul converted him to Christianity.
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In addressing the Corinthian church ([[I Corinthians]] 1:1), St. Paul sent greetings from both of them: "Paul, by the will of God called to be an apostle of [[Jesus Christ]], and brother Sosthenes..."  He departed peacefully to the Lord.
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 3) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?ID=100072]
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:Holy apostle Sosthenes of the Seventy;
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:Entreat the merciful;
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:To grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?ID=100072]
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:The Church ever sees you as a shining star, O apostle Sosthenes,
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:Your [[miracle]]s have manifested great enlightenment.
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:Therefore we cry out to [[Christ]]:
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:"Save those who with faith honor Your apostle, O Most Merciful One."
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==External links==
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*[http://www.chrysostompress.org/collection/0104_Synaxis_70_Apostles/ The Synaxis of the Holy Seventy Apostles] Chrysostom Press
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100072 Apostle Sosthenes of the Seventy], January 4 ([[OCA]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100946 Apostle Sosthenes of the Seventy], March 30 (OCA)
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103496 Apostle Sosthenes of the Seventy], December 8 (OCA)
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*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=December&day=8 The Holy Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Onesiphorus, Cephas and Caesar] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
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[[Category:Biblical Saints|Sosthenes]]
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[[Category:Bishops|Sosthenes]]
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[[Category:Saints|Sosthenes]]
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[[ro:Apostolul Sostene]]

Revision as of 06:41, June 10, 2008

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Sosthenes is one of the Seventy Apostles, and was a bishop in either Caesarea or Colophon in Asia Minor. He is commemorated by the Church on January 4 with the Seventy; on March 30 with Apostles Apollos, Cephas, Caesar, and Epaphroditus of the Seventy; and on December 8 with Ss. Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Caesar, and Onesiphorus.

Life

St. Sosthenes was head of the Jewish synagogue at Corinth before his conversion to Christianity (cf. Acts 18:17). He suffered a beating during a riot against the Apostle Paul. St. Paul converted him to Christianity.

In addressing the Corinthian church (I Corinthians 1:1), St. Paul sent greetings from both of them: "Paul, by the will of God called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, and brother Sosthenes..." He departed peacefully to the Lord.

Hymns

Troparion (Tone 3) [1]

Holy apostle Sosthenes of the Seventy;
Entreat the merciful;
To grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion (Tone 4) [2]

The Church ever sees you as a shining star, O apostle Sosthenes,
Your miracles have manifested great enlightenment.
Therefore we cry out to Christ:
"Save those who with faith honor Your apostle, O Most Merciful One."

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