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Friday, October 31, 2014

31 October 38-54 A.D. Stachys—An Odd and Anachronistic Statement: Claimed as 2nd Bishop of Byzantium; Romans 16.9?

31 October 38-54 A.D.  Stachys—An Odd and Anachronistic Statement: Claimed as 2nd Bishop of Byzantium; Romans 16.9?  (Bishops = Presbyters in this Period;  Additionally, Paul wasn't converted until 37 A.D. and Christianity had hardly penetrated westwards by 38 A.D., but then, some lard up stories here and there.)

Stachys the Apostle

Stachys, Amplias, Urban (Menologion of Basil II)

Stachys the Apostle (Greek: Στάχυς "ear-spike"), was the second bishop of Byzantium, from AD 38 to AD 54. He seemed to be closely connected to Saint Andrew and Saint Paul. Eusebius quotes Origen as saying that Andrew had preached in Asia Minor and in Scythia, along the Black Sea as far as the Volga and Kiev, hence he became a patron saint of Romania and Russia. According to tradition, he founded the See of Byzantium in 38, installing Stachys as bishop (the only bishopric in that neighbourhood before that time had been established at Heraclea). This See would later develop into the Patriarchate of Constantinople, having Apostle Andrew as its Patron Saint. It was not clear if Stachys was the same person as the one Paul calls "dear" in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom. 16:9).

His feast day is on October 31.

External links

  • "Stachys the Apostle". Official site of the Ecumenic Patriarcate of Constantinople. Retrieved Apr 2, 2011.

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