Commemorated on February 19, November 22
The Holy Disciples
from the Seventy: Archippos, Philemon and Apthea (2nd Comm. 22 November)
were students and companions of the holy Apostle Paul. In the Epistle to
Philemon, the Apostle Paul names Saint Archippos as his companion.
Archippos was bishop of the city of Colossa in Phrygia. The Disciple Philemon
was an eminent citizen of this city, and in his home the Christians gathered to
celebrate Divine-services. He was likewise ordained to the dignity of bishop by
the Apostle Paul and he went about the cities of Phrygia, preaching the Gospel.
Later on, he became archpastor of the city of Gaza. Saint Apthea, his spouse,
took into her home the sick and vagrants, zealously attending to them. She was
indeed a veritable co-worker to her spouse in proclaiming the Word of God.
persecution against Christians under the emperor Nero (54-68), the holy
Disciples Archippos and Philemon and Equal-to-the-Apostles Apthea were brought
to trial by the city-governor Artocles for confessing faith in Christ. The
Disciple Archippos was brutally hacked at with knives. After torture, they
buried Saints Philemon and Apthea up to the waist in the ground, and stoned
them until the holy martyrs died.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.