Commemorated on September 21
The Holy Disciple
from the 70 – Codratus preached the Word of God at Athens and at Magnezia
(eastern peninsula of Thessaly), and was bishop of Athens. He converted many
pagans to the true faith in Christ the Saviour. His preaching aroused the
hatred of unswayable pagans. One time an angry mob fell upon the disciple to
pelt him with stones. Preserved by God, the Disciple Codratus remained
alive, and they threw him into prison, where he died from starvation. His holy
body was buried in Magnezia.
In the year 126 the
Disciple Codratus wrote an Apologia in defence of Christianity. Presented by
him to the emperor Adrian (117-138), the Apologia thus affected the persecution
of Christians, since the emperor issued a decree, prescribing not to convict
anyone without proof. This Apologia was known in the IV Century to the
historian Eusebios. At the present time only part of this Apologia is known,
quoted by Eusebios: "The deeds of our Saviour were always witnessed,
because they were true. The healings by Him and the raisings-up from the dead
were visible not only when they were healed and raised up, but always. They
lived not only during the existence of the Saviour upon the earth, but they
remained alive sufficiently long also after His departure; some indeed have
survived to our present time".
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.