Commemorated on November 10
Holy Disciples from the 70: Herastos, Olympos, Rodion, Sosipater, Kuartos
(Quartus) and Tercias lived during
the I Century.
Rodion, or Herodian, was a kinsman of the Apostle Paul (Rom. 16: 11), and left
the bishop's cathedra (chair) at Patras so as to go to Rome with the Apostle
Peter. The holy Disciple Olympos (or Olympian), – about whom the holy Apostle
Paul recollects (Rom. 16: 15), was also a companion of the Apostle Peter. Both
of these Disciples from the 70 were beheaded on the very day and hour, when the
Apostle Peter was crucified.
holy Disciples Herastos, Sosipater, Quartus and Tercias were disciples of the
holy Apostle Paul. The Apostle to the Gentiles speaks of them in the Epistle to
the Romans: "Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen, do greet you..." (Rom.
16: 21); "And also do I, Tercias, who wrote down this epistle, greet
you" (Rom. 16: 22); "And Herastos, the city treasurer, doth greet
you, and brother Quartus" (Rom. 16: 23).
Disciple Sosipater, a native of Achaeia, was bishop of Iconium where also he
died. The Disciple Herastos was at first a deacon and treasurer of the
Jerusalem Church, and later on bishop at Paneadis. The holy Disciple Quartus
endured much suffering for his piety and converted many pagans to Christ, dying
peacefully in the dignity of bishop in the city of Beirut. The holy Disciple
Tercias, having written down the dictation of the Apostle Paul contained in the
Epistle to the Romans, was the second bishop of Iconium, where also he died.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.