The Holy Apostles Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus
(April 15)

These were all numbered among the Seventy. Aristarchus was Bishop of Apamea in Syria. The Apostle Paul mentions him several times (Acts 19:29; Col. 4:10; Philem. v.24). He was seized in Ephesus, together with Gaius, by a mob that had risen up against Paul. The Apostle wrote to the Colossians: `Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner saluteth you', and, in the Epistle to Philemon, Paul calls Aristarchus `my fellow-labourer', together with Mark, Demas and Lucas.

Pudens was an eminent Roman citizen. The Apostle Paul mentions him once (II Tim. 4:21). Pudens' house was first the refuge of the chief apostles and was then turned into a church dedi-cated to the Good Shepherd.

Trophimus was an Asian (Acts 20:4), and accompanied St Paul on his journeys. In one place, Paul writes: `Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick (II Tim. 4:21).

During Nero's persecution, when the Apostle Paul was beheaded, these glorious martyrs were also beheaded.

* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
Four Book Edition - Translated by Mother Maria - Dates based on old church calendar.
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