Apostle Epaphroditus of the Seventy

The Holy Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Caesar and Epaphroditus of the Seventy:

St Epaphroditus was Bishop of Adrianium (Italy). He was also a companion of St Paul who sent him to the Christians of Philippi. St Paul speaks about his hard work in the vineyard of Christ: “I thought it necesary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother and coworker and fellow soldier, your messenger and minister to my needs... he was sick and near to death; but God had mercy on him, and not only him but also on me, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow... Receive him in the Lord with all joy; and honor such men, for he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete your lack of service to me” (Phil 2: 25-30).

These holy apostles are also commemorated on December 8 and the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles on January 4.