Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Andronicus of Pannonia
Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.— Romans 16:7 KJV
According to that verse, Andronicus was a kinsman of Paul and a fellow prisoner at some time, particularly well-known among the apostles, and had become a follower of Jesus Christ before Paul's Damascus road conversion. It is generally assumed that Junia was his wife, but they could have been brother and sister, or father and daughter, or no close relation to each other, but to Paul as kinsmen.
Andronicus was one of the 70 disciples of Jesus mentioned in the Gospel of St. Luke 10:1–24.
Andronicus was made Bishop of Pannonia, but his preaching also took him to other lands, far from the boundaries of his diocese. Through the efforts of Andronicus the Church of Christ was strengthened, pagans were converted to the knowledge of God, many pagan temples closed, and in their place Christian churches were built.
Tradition states that Andronicus was martyred for the faith.
Andronicus of Pannonia - 17 May - Disciple, Bishop, and Martyr
O Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant Andronicus boldness to confess the Name of our Saviour Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of the same our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lesson - 2 Esdras 2:42-48
The Holy Gospel - St. Matthew 10:16-22