Apostle Pudens of the Seventy

Commemorated on April 15

Saint Pudens was one of the Seventy Apostles whom the Lord Jesus Christ sent before him with the good news of the Gospel (Luke 10:1-24).

Saint Pudens is mentioned in Saint Paul’s second Epistle to Timothy (2 Tim. 4:21). He occupied high position as a member of the Roman Senate. The saint received the foremost Apostles Peter and Paul in his home, where believing Christians gathered. His house was converted into a church, receiving the name “Pastorum”. According to Tradition, the holy Apostle Peter himself served in it as priest.

Saint Pudens suffered martyrdom at Rome under the emperor Nero (54-68). He is also commemorated on January 4.

Troparion — Tone 4

Together let us honor the threefold choir of Christ’s Apostles, / Aristarchus, Pudens and the holy Trophimus. / Like rivers filled with the wisdom of God / They poured out the water of the Word for all the world. / Through their intercessions, O Christ our God, have mercy on us!

Kontakion — Tone 1

Apostles of Christ and laborers of the Savior, / You are the light of the world. / Intercede for us who praise your holy memory, / And pray that we may be saved.

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