Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two Milestones in One Day

St. Aristibulus of the Seventy, Bishop of Britain

Today is not merely the Second Sunday in Lent, but it is also the day our friend Aristibule "Ari" Adams can point to the Byzantine Menologion and say, "See? 'Aristibule' is a saint's name!" (Depending on the Menologion; at least one lists this saint on March 16.)

Happy Name Day to Aristibule!
Holy Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy, Bishop of Britain

March 15


Saint Aristobulus, the brother of Saint Barnabas, was ordained to be bishop in Britain by the Apostle Paul, who mentions him in his epistle to the Romans (16:10). He suffered many afflictions at the hands of the pagans, but also brought many to Christ. Having established the Church there, he finally reposed in peace.

Apolytikion in the Third Tone
O Holy Apostle Aristobulos, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offences.

- From the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website.

A bit fuller life:

The Holy Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy was born on Cyprus. He was chosen by Christ and sent out to preach (Luke 10:1). He and his brother, the holy Apostle Barnabas of the Seventy, accompanied the holy Apostle Paul on his journeys. Saint Aristobulus is mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the Epistle to the Romans (Romans 16:10).

Saint Paul made Aristobulus a bishop and sent him to preach the Gospel in Britain, where he converted many to Christ. He endured the torments and malice of the pagans, and eventually baptized them. He later became a bishop to the Celts of northern Spain and Britain and is known as the Apostle of Britain.

Saint Aristobulus died in Britain among the people he had evangelized. His memory is celebrated on October 31 and also on the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles January 4.

Saint Aristobulus is also commemorated on March 16, and on October 31 together with Saints Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles.
(Hyperlinks to Scripture added.)

May we mark both the Sunday and the saint's day with appropriate joy.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remarkably, I am unaware of any Anglican Calendar that commemorates St. Aristobulus!

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A third mile stone overlooked: The Second Sunday in Lent is dedicated to St. Gregory Palamas in gratitude of his dogmatic contribution to the Church.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Father Aristibule Adams said...

Thanks, missed this post until today. He has been a bit 'forgotten' - except by the Welsh (and then, only those who care about old things.) Whomever compiled the Litany of Dunkeld remembered as well.

2:51 PM  

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