May 10 - St. Simeon the Hieromartyr, of the 70 Apostles

The local governor heard that Simeon openly preached the Christian faith, and that he was also from King David's line, which the Roman empire was striving to exterminate . . .

The Hieromartyr Simeon, Holy Apostle of the Seventy

Simeon was already an adult when he saw the miracles that our Saviour, Jesus Christ, performed. Simeon believed in the Lord, followed Him, and became one of the Seventy Apostles.

For a long time he preached the teachings of Christ, and denounced the worshipers of idols. When the pagans killed the first bishop of Jerusalem, the holy Apostle James, the Christians chose St. Simeon to take his place, and he did not only continue his apostolic ministry, but began pastoral work as well. He was still tireless in apostolic service, even at a hundred years old.

It seemed that his life would end peacefully, but another persecution of the faith began. The local governor heard that Simeon openly preached the Christian faith, and that he was also from King David's line, which the Roman empire was striving to exterminate.

The pagans then seized the holy elder Simeon, and after long tortures they crucified him on a cross. Thus the holy apostle received a martyr's death for his Teacher and Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ.

The tenth of May is the feast day of the Holy Apostle of the Seventy, Hieromartyr Simeon.

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