Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Feast Day: St. Timothy and St. Titus

St. Timothy (1st century)
Timothy was an early Christian, and the recipient of two letters now found in the New Testament. The son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother, he was a companion of St. Paul. He was first bishop of Ephesus, where he was martyred for opposing the worship of Dionysius.

St. Titus (1st century)
A disciple and companion of St. Paul to whom the great saint addressed one of his letters. Titus was later left on the island of Crete to help organize the Church, although he soon went to Dalmatia, Croatia. According to Eusebius of Caesarea in the Ecclesiastical History, he served as the first bishop of Crete. He was buried in Cortyna (Gortyna), Crete; his head was later translated to Venice during the invasion of Crete by the Saracens in 832 and was enshrined in St. Mark’s, Venice, Italy.

St. Timothy and St. Titus, companions of St. Paul, pray for us!

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