Monday, January 4, 2016

The Seventy Apostles

In Luke’s Gospel (10: 1-17) we are informed of the Seventy Apostles, who are sent by Jesus to the world. We read in the Gospel: ‘10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also,[a] and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us[b] we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ 12 But[c] I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades.[d] 16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”17 Then the seventy[e] returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”’

They might not be so prominent in the Gospel and in the Tradition of the Church; nevertheless, it seems that they remained faithful to Jesus, being able to spread the word of the Gospel around the world. The Orthodox Church celebrates their memory on January 4th, despite each one of them having their own day.
For the record, the Seventy Apostles are:

Achaicus: June 15, Agabus: April 1; May 26, Amplias: October 31, Ananias: October 1, Andronicus: May 17; July 30, Apelles: September 10; October 31, Apollos: March 30; December 8, Aquila: July 14, Archippus: February 19; July 6, Aristarchus: April 15; September 27, Aristobulus: March 16; October 31, Artemas: October 30, Asyncritus: April 8, Barnabas: June 11, Caesar:          March 30; December 8, Carpus: May 26, Clement: September 10, Cephas: March 30; December 8, Cleopas: October 30, Crescens: July 30, Crispus: October 4, Epaphras: January 4, Epaphroditus                March 30; December 8, Epaenetus: July 30, Erastus: November 10, Euodias: September 7, Fortunatus: June 15, Gaius: November 5, Hermas: March 8; November 5, Hermes: April 8; May 31, Herodion: March 28; April 8; November 10, James, brother of the Lord: November 23, Jason: April 22, Justus: October 30, Linus: November 5, Lucius: September 10, Luke the Evangelist: October 18, Mark the Evangelist: April 25, Mark: September 27; October 30, Narcissus: October 31, Nicanor: July 28, Olympas: November 10, Onesimus: February 15, Onesiphorus: September 7; December 8, Parmenas: July 28, Patrobus: November 5, Philemon:     February 19; July 6; November 2, Philip the Deacon: October 11, Philologus: November 5, Phlegon: April 8, Prochoru: July 28, Pudens : April 15, Quadratus: September 21, Quartus: November 10, Rufus: April 8, Silas (Silvanus): July 30, Simeon, son of Cleopas: April 27, Sosipater: April 28; November 10, Sosthenes: March 30; December 8, Stachys: October 31, Stephen the Archdeacon: December 27, Tertius: November 10; December 30, Thaddaeus: August 21, Timon: July 28; December 30, Timothy:        January 22, Titus: August 25, Trophimus: April 15, Tychicus: December 8, Urbanus: October 31, Zenas: September 27.

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