Saints of the Bible ~ for the Month of July

For some reason, the month of July has a LARGE NUMBER of feast days honoring Saints from the Bible ... a good month to get to know a good variety of both Old Testament and New Testament saints and stories.  If inspired, pull out your calendar and mark down the feast dates below and throughout the month, consider asking these saints to pray for your intentions.

All Saints Icon
(Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow)

July 1
Saint Aaron
All the Israelites did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.  On that same day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt company by company.     ~Exodus 12:50-51

July 3
So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go to die with him.     ~John11:16

July 8
After this he (Paul) left Athens and went to Corinth.  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife, Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome.  He went to visit them and, because he practiced the same trade, stayed with them and worked , for they were tentmakers by trade.     ~Acts 18:1-3
July 12
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.     ~Luke 23:27

July 12
Saint Jason
When they could not find them (Paul and companions), they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city magistrates, shouting "These people who have been creating a disturbance all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them.     ~Acts 17:6-7a

July 13
On the first day of the first month he (Ezra) resolved on the journey up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he arrived at Jerusalem, for the favoring hand of his God was upon him.     ~Ezra 7:9

July 13
About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.     ~Acts 16:25-26

July 19
... and came to know the grace of God in truth, as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave, who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf.      ~Colossians 1:6c-7a
July 20
Saint Elijah
The LORD then said to Elijah: "Leave here, go east and hide in the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan.  You shall drink of the stream, and I have commanded ravens to feed you there."     ~1 Kings 17:2-4

July 20
Saint Joseph Barsabbas
So they proposed two (to replace Judas), Joseph called Barsabbas who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.     ~Acts 1:23

July 21
Then by order of Belshazzar they clothed Daniel in purple, with a gold collar about his neck, and proclaimed him third in the government of their kingdom.  The same night, Belshazzar, the Chaldean king, was slain.     ~Daniel 5:29-30

July 22
When he had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.     ~Mark 16:9

July 23
Answer them: As I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man but rather in the wicked man's conversion, that he may live.  Turn, turn from your evil ways!  Why should you die, O house of Israel?     ~Ezekiel 33:11

July 24
They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.     ~Matthew 2:10-11

July 25
About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them.  He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also.     ~Acts 12:1-3

July 26
Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus greet you.     ~Romans 16:23b
"Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."  The proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the holy Spirit, also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.     ~Acts 6:3-5 
July 29
Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.  Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair.     ~John 12:1-3a