Apostle Sosthenes

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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.


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.


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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