April 8 ~ The Feast of Three Bishop Saints: St. Herodion, St. Asyncritus, and St. Phlegon & The Feast of a New Testament Prohet: St. Agabus



Greet my relative Herodion.  Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon ...
~ Romans 16:11a, 14a
Romans 16 displays a long list of names that Paul greeted in his letter to the early Christians of Rome.  Interestingly, Paul had never been to Rome before writing this letter, but a Christian community had somehow been established there and Paul felt inspired to send them a letter of encouragement and instruction.  Three of the people listed in this last chapter of this letter are saints who are honored today (April 8):

St. Herodion - Romans 16:11a (Greet my relative Herodion) suggests a reasonable possibility that this saint was related to Paul.  Various resources have him listed as having been the Bishop of Tarsus (Paul's hometown), Neopatras, Patras, and Neoparthia.  Some traditions claim that he was beheaded in Rome on the same day that St. Peter was crucified.  It is also believed that he may have been one of the seventy[-two] sent out by Jesus (Luke 10:1)

St. Asyncritus - Probably became the Bishop of Hyrcania - a province along the southern edges of the Caspian Sea (which has also been known as the Hyrcanian Sea).  Some claim that he was also among the seventy [-two] sent in pairs to visit towns that Jesus planned to also visit.  (Luke 10:1)

St. Phlegon - Tradition tells that Phlegon became the Bishop of Marathon in Thrace (Greece) and like Herodion and Asyncritus was perhaps one of the seventy[-two] from Luke 10:1.
In honor of the Feast of Sts. Herodion, Asyncritus, and Phlegon - three bishops - perhaps April 8 is a good day to say a special prayer for our bishops!

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by Louis Cheron (1687) - Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

April 8 is also the feast day of a New Testament prophet - St. Agabus ...

We had been there (Caesarea) several days when a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.  He came up to us, took Paul's belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit: this is the way the Jews will bind the owner of this belt in Jerusalem, and they will hand him over to the Gentiles."  When we heard this, we and the local residents begged him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul replied, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  I am prepared not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."     ~ Acts 21:10-11

2004 Roman Martyrology - April 8 Entry