St. Timothy the Apostle icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Timothy the Apostle.
Commemorated January 22.
The Holy Apostle Timothy was from the Lycaonian city of Lystra in Asia Minor. Saaint Paul converted St Timothy to Christ in the year 52. This happened when the Apostles Paul and Barnabas first visited the cities of Lycaonia. It wa there that St Paul healed one crippled from birth. Many of the inhabitants of Lystra, including Timothy then believed in Christ (Acts 14:6-12; 2 Tim. 1:5).
Timothy became St Paul's disciple, and later his constant companion and co-worker in the preaching of the Gospel. The Apostle Paul called him his beloved son in his Epistles. The Apostle Paul appointed St Timothy as Bishop of Ephesus, where the saint remained for fifteen years. St Timothy ended his life as a martyr being stoned to death in the year 93. In the fourth century the holy relics of St Timothy were transferred to Constantinople and placed in the church of the Holy Apostles near the tombs of St Andrew and St Luke. The Church honors St Timothy as one of the Apostles of the Seventy.
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