The Ethiopian Eunuch of Queen Candace

Commemorated on January 4, August 27

His baptism by the holy Apostle Philip is told in Acts ch. 8. He was already seeking out the things of God the story shows him reading the Book of Isaiah, and specifies that he was going to Jerusalem to worship. He returned home ("rejoicing", say the scriptures) and proclaimed the Gospel of Christ in his native land; the ancient Church of Ethiopia traces its beginnings to his mission. He died a martyr's death.

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