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Orthodox Saint Timon History and Name Day Information

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For Orthodox Christians, the lives of the saints are important. The majority of them are named after one of these saints, and they celebrate their name day, which falls on the saint’s feast day, each year. In fact, many celebrate this day instead of their own birthday. However, besides simply celebrating the name day itself, it is also important to learn about each of these saints.

Saint Timon is one of those saints that Christians could be named after. He was one of the Seventy Apostles, which means that he was part of the early history of the church and may even have been alive when Jesus was. His feast day is on July 28th of each and he is also celebrated on January 4th with the rest of the Seventy. Here’s more information about Saint Timon:

About Saint Timon

Saint Timon, also known as Apostle Timon, The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle Timon of the Seventy, and also Apostle Timon the Deacon of the Seventy. He was considered to be one of the first deacons and first bishops of the Christian Church. He was appointed as a deacon first and then selected as a bishop later on.

Saint Timon in the Bible

Saint Timon is one of those who was actually mentioned in the Bible, even though it was brief. This shows that he did play an important role in the early days of the church. He is one of the seven bishops of the early church. Here’s the passage from Acts 1:1-6:

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widowswere being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Hymns of Saint Timon

There are some hymns that can be found in the Orthodox Christian church service that celebrate Saint Timon and these are often sung on his feast day. Here’s a look at what these hymns are:

Troparion (Tone 3)

O holy apostle Timon,
Entreat the merciful God,
To grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion (Tone 1)

You were holy deacons and eye-witnesses of the Word,
And chosen vessel of the faith,
O glorious Nicanor, Prochorus, Parmenas and Timon.
Therefore today we celebrate your sacred memory,
Blessing you in gladness of heart.

Saint Timon’s name day is on July 28th of each year. Check the Name Day page for more information about other Orthodox Christian name days.


OrthodoxWiki – Seventy Apostles

OrthodoxWiki – Apostle Timon

Apostle Timon the Deacon of the Seventy (Source for Photo Credit for Image Above)

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