ananias BisBishop of Damascus


Acts 9:10,17; 22:12;

The holy Ananias baptized Saint Paul and was Bishop of Damascus. Lucian, Governor of Eleutheropolis, had him put to death by stoning outside that city.

later tradition has it that Saint Ananias left Damascus to preach in Bayt Jibrîn in the Holy Land, which several centuries later would be renamed by the Romans Eleutheropolis. He not only preached the good news of the Resurrection there, without fear of persecution or reprisals which were ever-present, but also performed wondrous healings in Christ’s name. The Roman præfect, a man named Lucian, had Saint Ananias brought before him and tried to convince him to offer incense to idols to prove his loyalty. Ananias refused, confessing only belief in Christ. Lucian had Ananias tortured, but tortures would not sway him; at last the Roman præfect ordered the martyr of Christ to be stoned to death outside the city. Saint Ananias prayed for those who executed him at the end.



Bishop of Britain

March 16;
October 31

Rom. 16:10;

Saint Aristobulus is also mentioned in the Epistle to the Romans, where Paul writes, Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household. Aristobulus served as bishop in Britain where he labored greatly and suffered martyrdom.


SAINT ARISTOBULUS –  Apostle of the Seventy, revered as having brought the Orthodox Faith to the shores of Britain.  

Aristobulus of Britannia First Bishop of Britain.

Also, Aristobulus, Apostle to Britain) is a Jewish Cypriot saint, numbered among the Seventy Disciples. Along with the Apostles Urban of Macedonia, Stachys, Ampliatus, Apelles of Heraklion and Narcissus of Athens he assisted Saint Andrew. St. Aristobulus was also the brother of the Apostle Barnabas.

He preached the Gospel in Britain as its first bishop and there he reposed peacefully in the Lord.

Previous to this, he preached the Gospel to the Celts of Northern Spain, i.e. Celtiberians, whilst on his way to Britain.

His feast days are celebrated on March 16, on October 31 (with Amplias, Apelles, Stachys, Urban, and Narcissus), and on January 4 with the Seventy.

Such was the Apostle Aristobulus’ acclaim amongst the Brythonic Celts that a region was named after him, i.e. Arwystli, which later became a small medieval British kingdom, and continues to this day as a district, or more precisely, a cantref within the county of Powys, Wales.

He is possibly mentioned by St. Paul and is identified with Zebedee, the father of Sts. James and John. Hippolytus writing in AD 160 the Martyrologies of the Greek Church, (and others) state that he preached in Britain. It is believed he was martyred in Wales although there is no documentation for this.




(also known as Joses)

Bishop of Milan

June 11

Acts 4:36, 9:27;
1 Cor 9:6;
Gal. 2:1;
Col. 4:10;

According to the fourth chapter of the Book of Acts, this saint was surnamed Barnabas by the Apostles. He is also mentioned in the second chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians, wherein Saint Paul writes, I went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas. Laboring in the ministry of the word, he was first (with Saint Paul) to preach Christ in Rome. He became Bishop of Milan and met his end on Cyprus, his homeland, being stoned by Greeks and Jews. Saint Barnabas was buried with a copy of Saint Matthew’s Gospel which he had written with his own hand.


We first find cleopas appearing in Luke chapter 24  is one of the two disciples walking from Jerusalem two areas cleopais is in verse 18 while his companion remains our name who is traditionally identified with the Apostle Luke.





At a later date he becomes a Bishop of Jerusalem.




Bishop of Jerusalem

October 30

Luke 24:18;

Younger Brother of Joseph the Betrothed. In his Gospel, Saint Luke writes that Cleopas was one of the two disciples to whom the Lord appeared on the road to Emmaus after His Resurrection. Luke was the other, although he does not mention his own name. Cleopas was subsequently slain by the Jews for preaching Christ, the murder taking place in the very house where the risen Lord was known by him in the breaking of bread.


Bishop of Carthage

July 30

Rom. 16:5;

Saint Epaenetus, Bishop of Carthage, is mentioned by Saint Paul in the Epistle to the Romans, in which he writes, Salute my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia unto Christ.



Bishop of Byzantium

October 31

Rom. 16:9;

Saint Stachys is also mentioned in the Epistle to the Romans, in which Paul writes, Salute Stachys my beloved. Stachys was appointed first Bishop of Byzantium by the Apostle Andrew the First-called. His church was located in Argyropolis.



Stephen the Protomartyr

December 27

Acts 6:5;

The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle and Archdeacon Stephen the Protomartyr was an early Christian convert from among the Hellenistic Jews, one of the original seven deacons ordained by the Apostles, and the first martyr of the Orthodox Church. Saint Stephen was stoned by the Jews for preaching the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom he beheld standing in the heavens.




(also Philip the Evangelist)

Bishop of Tralles in Asia Minor

October 11

Acts 8:6, 26-40;

One of the Seven Deacons. Philip baptized Simon Magus (in Samaria) and Candace’s eunuch. He became Bishop of Tralles in Asia Minor, enlightened many in the faith, and departed unto eternal life in great old age.



Bishop of Nicomedia in Bithynia

July 28

Acts 6:5;

One of the Seven Deacons. Prochorus was Saint John the Theologian‘s companion and fellow-laborer. He became the first Bishop of Nicomedia in Bithynia and suffered martyrdom while preaching Christ in Antioch.




December 28;

July 28

Acts 6:5;

One of the Seven Deacons. Saint Nicanor, with two thousand other Christians, was slain for Christ on the same day as the holy protomartyr Stephen, as related in the Acts of the Apostles, which states, At that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem. (Acts 8:1)



Bishop of Bostra

December 30;

July 28

Acts 6:5;

One of the Seven Deacons. Timon was Bishop of Bostra in Arabia. He suffered greatly at the hands of the Jews for preaching Christ. Cast into a fiery furnace, he emerged unharmed, then departed unto the Lord.



Bishop of Soli

July 28

Acts 6:5;

One of the Seven Deacons. After preaching for many years in Asia Minor, he settled down in Macedonia. Hippolytus says that Parmenas was the Bishop of Soli. He is thought to have died a martyr in Philippi, Macedonia, in the year 98 AD, during the persecution of the Christians under the Roman Emperor Trajan. Parmenas was slain before the eyes of the other apostles while preaching the gospel.