July 28 Holy Apostles and Deacons of the Seventy: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas

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Saints Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas, Apostles of the Seventy were among the first deacons in the Church of Christ.

In the Acts of the Holy Apostles (6:1-6) it is said that the twelve Apostles chose seven men: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and appointed them to serve as deacons.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved. 

By the election of God were ye chosen to minister to the needs of the saints, as ye were full of divine wisdom, enlightenment and grace, O glorious ones. And now ye dwell in the heavens, rejoicing unceasingly with the angels.

Shown forth unto the world as radiant lamps by the grace of the Spirit, ye richly shone forth the effulgence of understanding and dispelled the gloom of evil; and, having passed on, O apostles, ye have made your abode in light never-waning.

Ye were drawn together by the sweet desire for Christ, O blessed ones, and, piously spurning the beauties of corruptible life, ye followed after Him to learn the truth.

O blessed apostles, your memory, which is divine , radiant and full of grace, doth sanctify the thoughts of all who keep it in faith.

As godly disciples of the Word ye have been taken up in great glory, and ye rejoice now with choirs of the incorporeal angels. With them ever pray that we find mercy, O glorious ones.