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17 MAI: Pomenirea sfinţilor apostoli Andronic şi Iunia (ROMANIAN, GREEK, ENGLISH)

Pomenirea sfinţilor apostoli Andronic şi Iunia

17 mai

Acest apostol al Domnului, ca şi cum ar fi fost cu aripi a înconjurat toată Iumea, smulgând toată înşelăciunea nebuniei idoleşti din rădăcină, şi propovăduind pe Hristos. El a avut dimpreună următoare lui pe mult-minunata Iunia, care era moartă pentru lume, şi vieţuia numai pentru Hristos Mântuitorul.

Şi trăgând spre dumnezeiasca cunoştinţă pe mulţi, au stricat capişti idoleşti şi au zidit dumnezeieşti biserici în toate părţile; şi gonind duhuri necurate de la oameni şi tămăduind boli fără de leac, şi-au plinit şi ei ca nişte oameni obşteasca datorie a firii, şi prin moarte s-au mutat la viaţa cea veşnică. De aceştia pomeneşte şi marele apostol Pavel, în Epistola către Romani (XVI, 7), zicând: „Spuneţi închinăciune lui Andronic şi Iuniei, rudelor mele şi soţilor mei în robie, care sunt vestiţi între apostoli, care şi mai înainte de mine au fost în Hristos”.

Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἀνδρόνικος καὶ Ἰουνία οἱ Ἀπόστολοι

Οἱ Ἅγιοι Ἀπόστολοι Ἀνδρόνικος καὶ Ἰουνία συγκαταλέγονται ἀνάμεσα στοὺς ἑβδομήκοντα Ἀποστόλους τοῦ Κυρίου μας, τοὺς ὁποίους ἑορτάζουμε στὶς 4 Ἰανουαρίου.

Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος α’. Τὸν τάφον σου Σωτήρ.
Δυὰς φωτοειδής, ἱερῶν Ἀποστόλων, καὶ κήρυκες Χριστοῦ, ἀνεδείχθητε κόσμῳ, τοῖς πᾶσι κατασπείραντες, τὸ τῆς χάριτος κήρυγμα· ὅθεν σήμερον, ὑμᾶς πιστῶς εὐφημοῦμεν, ὦ Ἀνδρόνικε, καὶ Ἰουνία θεόφρον, Χριστὸν μεγαλύνοντες.
Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος β’. Τοὺς ἀσφαλεῖς.
Ὡς εὐκλεεῖς, τῶν Ἀποστόλων σύναυλοι, καὶ ἀληθεῖς, τοῦ Ἰησοῦ διάκονοι, τῆς αὐτοῦ συγκαταβάσεως, ἱεροφάντορες ἐδείχθητε· τὴν χάριν γὰρ τοῦ Πνεύματος δεξάμενοι, Ἀνδρόνικε καὶ Ἰουνία ἔνδοξοι, ὡς λύχνοι τοῖς πέρασιν ἐφάνατε.
Μεγαλυνάριον.
Παῦλος ὁ οὐράνιος συγγενεῖς, καὶ ἐν Ἀποστόλοις, ἐπισήμους ὑμᾶς καλεῖ, Ἀνδρόνικε μάκαρ, καὶ θεία Ἰουνία· Χριστοῦ γὰρ θεηγόροι, ὤφθητε κήρυκες.

Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy and Saint Junia

Commemorated on May 17

Saint Andronicus Apostle of the Seventy and Saint Junia were relatives of the holy Apostle Paul. They labored much, preaching the Gospel to pagans. St Paul mentions them in his Epistle to the Romans: „Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and fellow prisoners, who are of note among the Apostles, who also were in Christ, before me” (Romans 16:7).

St Andronicus was made Bishop of Pannonia, but his preaching also took him and St Junia to other lands, far from the boundaries of his diocese. Through the efforts of Sts Andronicus and Junia the Church of Christ was strengthened, pagans were converted to the knowledge of God, many pagan temples closed, and in their place Christian churches were built. The service in honor of these saints states that they suffered martyrdom for Christ.

In the fifth century, during the reign of the emperors Arcadius and Honorius, their holy relics were uncovered on the outskirts of Constantinople together with the relics of other martyrs at the gate of Eugenius (February 22).

It was revealed to the pious cleric Nicholas Kalligraphos that among the relics of these seventeen martyrs were the relics of the holy Apostle Andronicus. Afterwards, a magnificent church was built on this spot.

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