Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bartholomew and Titus

Apostle Bartholomew

Today, the Church commemorates the miraculous transfer of the remains of St. Bartholomew, one of the twelve disciples, to the island of Lipara. His main feast day falls on June 11.

Troparion (Tone 3)
Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas,
entreat the merciful God
to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion (Tone 4)
You have appeared to the universe as a great sun,
shining with the radiance of your teachings and awesome miracles.
You enlighten those who honor you, apostle of the Lord, Bartholomew

Apostle Titus

Titus is one of the seventy apostles mentioned in the gospel of Luke 10:1-24. Born in Crete and educated in Greek philosophy, he went to Jerusalem where he heard the words of the Saviour. He was later baptized by Paul whom he served in the gospel as a son serves his father. Paul appointed him bishop of Crete and addressed to him the "Epistle to Titus."

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