Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saint Timon

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"St. Timon (1st c.) is mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles (6:5). He belonged to the group of 70 disciples who followed Jesus during his earthly ministry. After Jesus' ascension into heaven, St. Timon was one of the first Seven Deacons, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, chosen by the Apostles after Pentecost to help do the work of ministering to the growing Christian community. Timon was later appointed by the Apostles as a bishop. According to tradition he baptized many Greeks and Jews into the Christian faith. He also had the supernatural ability to heal the sick and to cast out devils. St. Timon suffered martyrdom for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to tradition he was thrown into a furnace, but by the power of God he came out of it unharmed, and later died by crucifixion. His feast day is April 19."