Apostle Sosipater

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The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Sosipater is numbered among the Seventy Apostles. Born in Achaea, he was Bishop in Iconium (prior to the Apostle Tertius) by his relative the Apostle Paul. With the Apostle Jason he traveled to the island of Corfu where they built a church in honor of the Apostle Stephen the Protomartyr and converted many pagans to the Christian faith. Seeing this, the king of Corfu threw them into prison where they converted seven other prisoners to the Christian faith: Saturninus, Jakischolus, Faustianus, Januarius, Marsalius, Euphrasius and Mammius. The kind had those seven put to death for their faith in boiling pitch.

The king's daughter, the virgin Cercyra, watched these holy Apostles being tortured and turned to the Christian faith, distributing all her jewels to the poor. The king became angry and put her in prison; yet she would not deny Christ. So he had the prison burned, but she remained unharmed. Many people were baptized upon seeing this miracle. He then had her killed with arrows while tied to a tree.

Many believers fled to a nearby island to get away from the enraged king, but as he chased them his boat sank. The new king embraced the Christian faith and in baptism received the name Sebastian. From then on Sts. Sosipater and Jason freely preached the Gospel and built up the Church in Corfu until a very old age, when they gave up their souls to God. St. Sosipater's feast days are November 10 and April 28.


St. Nikolai Velimirovic, The Prologue of Ohrid