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Apostle Onesimus

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[[Image:St.Onesimus.jpg|right|thumb|Apostle Onesimus.]]
The holy, glorious, all-laudable '''Apostle Onesimus''' [[Apostle|of the Seventy]], is commemorated by the Church on [[February 15]] and along with the Seventy on [[January 4]].
Fearing punishment for an offense against his master, Onesimus fled to Rome, but he was imprisoned for being a runaway slave. In prison he came across the [[Apostle Paul]] and was enlightened by him, and was [[baptize]]d. St. Paul was personally acquainted with Philemon, and wrote him a [[Book of Philemon|letter]] filled with love, asking him to forgive the runaway slave and to accept him like a brother. He sent Onesimus with this letter.
After St. Philemon received the letter, he not only forgave Onesimus, but also sent him back to Apostle Paul in Rome. Afterwards, Philemon was consecrated [[bishop]] of the city of Gaza .
After the death martyrdom of the Apostle Paul, St. Onesimus served the apostles until their end, and he was made a bishop. After the death of the holy apostles he preached the [[Gospel]] in many lands and cities of Spain, Carpetania, Colossae, and Patras. In his old age, Onesimus occupied the bishop's throne at Ephesus, after the [[Apostle Timothy]]. Onesimus was the Bishop of Byzantium from the year 54 to 68. When they took St. [[Ignatius of Antioch|Ignatius the God-Bearer]] to Rome for execution, Bishop Onesimus came to meet with him with other Christians, as St Ignatius mentions in his [[Epistle to the Ephesians]].
In the year 109, St. Onesimus was arrested and brought to trial before the Eparch Tertillus, during the reign of the Emperor Trajan. He held the saint in prison for eighteen days, and then sent him to prison in the city of Puteoli. After a while, the eparch sent for St Onesimus and had him stoned and beheaded for still maintaining his faith in Christ. A certain illustrious woman took the body of the [[martyr ]] and placed it in a silver coffin. {{start box}}{{succession|before=St. [[Apostle Stachys|Stachys]]|title=[[List of Patriarchs of Constantinople|Bishop of Byzantium (Constantinople)]]|years=54-68|after=[[Polycarpus I of Byzantium|Polycarpus I]]}}{{end box}}
*[ Apostle Onesimus of the Seventy] – [[OCA]] website
*[ EC-patr: Onesimus]
[[Category:Biblical Saints|Onesimus]]
[[Category:1st-century bishops|Onesimus]]
[[Category:Seventy Apostles|Onesimus]]
[[Category:Patriarchs of Constantinople|Onesimus]]
[[Category:Ante-Nicene Saints|Onesimus]]
[[Category:1st-century saints]]
[[ro:Apostolul Onisim]]

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