Orthodox Saint Ananias History and Name Day Information
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There are a lot of saints in the Orthodox Church and each has his or her own feast day. The lives of the saints are celebrated throughout the year during the regular church calendar, and each saint even has his or her own hymns that are sung on the feast day. Some are named after the saints, and those who are will celebrate their name days on the saints’ feast days.
Saint Ananias is one of the early saints of the Orthodox Church and he is also considered to be one of the Seventy Apostles that were commissioned by Jesus Christ to preach the gospel throughout the world. His feast day is celebrated on October 1st of each year and he is also remembered again on January 4th with the rest of the Seventy. Here’s more information about him:
About Saint Ananias
Saint Ananias, also referred to as Apostle Ananias or Ananias of Damascus, is one of the early saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. He is one of the Seventy Apostles, which means that he was directly appointed by Christ to preach the gospel to people throughout the world. Ananias was also mentioned in the New Testament in Acts 9:10-17. Here’s what the Bible has to say:
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
In the story, God tells Ananias to baptize the Apostle Paul after he converted to the Christian faith. Ananias was born in Damascus, which is part of modern-day Syria. He was eventually martyred.
Hymns of Saint Saint Ananias
Saint Peter feast day is on … Here are the hymns that are sung on both of these days.
Apolytikion of Ananias of the 70 – Third Tone
O Holy Apostle Ananias, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Kontakion of Ananias of the 70 – Second Tone
Our most fervent advocate in intercession who dost hearken most quickly to them that pray to thee, receive our supplication, O Ananias, and implore Christ, Who alone is glorified in the Saints, to have mercy on us.
Saint Ananius is one of the early saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. Check the Name Day page for more information about other Orthodox Christian name days.
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