Commemorated on December 8
Holy Disciples from the 70: Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Tykhikos, Epaphrodites,
Caesarius, Onysiphoros – were chosen and sent by the Lord Jesus Christ
Himself for preaching; they were chosen some while after the choosing of the 12
Apostles (Lk. 10: 1-24).
Disciple Sosthenes before accepting Christianity was head of the Jewish
synagogue at Corinth. During the time of a riot against the Apostle Paul, he
too suffered a beating. He was converted by Paul to faith in Christ and
afterwards became bishop at Colophon.
was a native of Alexandria and was a man of excellent erudition. The chief
place of his service was at Corinth. He toiled there for a long time and
converted many to faith in Christ. Towards the end of his life he preached on
Crete and was bishop of Caesarea.
Disciple Cephas was bishop at Colophon.
Disciple Tykhikos, a native of Asia Minor, was a student and companion of the
holy Apostle Paul. At the time of the first imprisonment of Paul, he delivered
the Epistles to the Ephesians and to the Colossians. He replaced the Disciple
Sosthenes on the cathedra-chair at Colophon.
Disciple Epaphrodites – one of the closest assistants and companions of the
Apostle Paul – was bishop of the Thracian city of Adriaca.
Disciple Caesarius preached at and was bishop of Dirracheia – a district in
of these disciples expired peacefully to the Lord (a second commemoration is
under 30 March). The Church remembers with them also the Disciple Onysiphoros
(Comm. 7 September).
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.