Saturday, September 3tame and according to calendar honoring the memory of: Hieromartyr Anthimos bishop, Hieromartyr Aristionos bishop, Agios Archontionos martyr, Neomartyr Polydorus of New Ephesus, Osias Phoebes martyr.
Those with the following names are celebrating:
Aristion, Aristionas, Aristeas, Aristea, Aristis
Archontis, Archontion, Archontionas, Archontia, Archontis, Archontoula, Archontissa, Archonto *
Polydoros, Polydora, Polis, Polydori, City, Polydora, Pola, Polydori
* There are other dates this name celebrates.
Saint Anthimos Hieromartyr bishop of Nikomedia
Saint Anthimos lived at the end of the 3rd century AD. and his hometown was Nicomedia. From a young age he was distinguished for his pious zeal towards the divine. When he came of age, his life was an example of prudence and love. Because he richly possessed the treasure of divine truths, his warm teaching, inspired by apostolic zeal, almost always found a response in the souls of the faithful. The spiritual ability of Anthimos moved the Christians of Nicomedia and they convinced him to become a Priest and later their bishop. However, when the persecution took place under Diocletian, they hunted him down and arrested him (302 AD). Diocletian suggested that he should sacrifice to the Gods to gain his life, or face horrible tortures, and showed him the instruments that would torture him. Anthimus said: “Why are you showing me? to scare me? These should be feared by those for whom the present life is only pleasure and the deprivation of which they consider a great loss. But to me, as to every Christian, these hold no charm. My body is temporary and insignificant, which only has value when it is sanctified through Christ and given to the Christ-like life. Therefore punishments and sufferings are more desirable to me than denying my Saviour.’ Then, after horribly torturing him, they finally decapitated him.
Saint Aristian Hieromartyr bishop of Alexandria
Saint Aristion was born at the beginning of the 2nd century AD. in the Syrian province of Apamea and became a Christian by Saint Anthony (November 9) at the age of only 10. Because of his virtuous life, he was elected by the people, second bishop of Alexandria the Lesser which was in Cilicia in Asia Minor (near the city of Isson). As a shepherd, Aristion, faithfully shepherded his flock and taught the Word of Christ with disdain, with the result that many pagans became Christians. But this did not please the Roman prefect who ordered him to be arrested and thrown into the pyre. Inside the furnace, Aristion, praising and glorifying Christ received the crown of martyrdom.
Saint Archontion was martyred by famine (Lamia is a beast, which has a big neck. The Devil is likened here to this beast).
Saint Polydoros the New Martyr from Nicosia
A Cypriot from Nicosia, the new martyr Polydoros was raised by pious parents, Loukas and Lourdanou. He learned the Holy Scriptures and traveled to Egypt and other countries, practicing the profession of bookkeeper.
When in 1793 AD was in Egypt, he was hired as a secretary by an unchristian Zakynthian. But in some entertainment with him, he got drunk and denied Christ. But when he came to his senses he repented bitterly, went to Beirut and confessed to the High Priest there. He then retired to Mount Lebanon Monastery, where he rested during Great Lent. Then he left for Ptolemais (Acre), where he announced to the High Priest there his desire to testify. At the urging of the High Priest, he left for Egypt, but due to rough seas, he ran aground in Jaffa. From there he went to Chios (June 13, 1793 AD) and then to Smyrna, to then return to Chios again. Finally he arrived in New Ephesus, where in front of the Mufti he confessed Christ and after severe torture they hanged him. It was Sunday, September 3, 1794 AD. The relic of the neo-martyr was buried near the Armenian graves.
Today the chariot of Saint Polydoros is kept in the Holy Church of Saint Catherine of Plaka in Athens.
Osia Phoebe the deaconess
The memory of Saint Phoebe is mentioned epigrammatically in the “Mikron Euchologion or Agiasmatarioon” edition of “Apostolic Diakonia” 1956, without any other information. Nowhere else is her memory mentioned on this day. Rather, it is about St. Phoebe that the Apostle Paul mentions in “To the Romans”, in chapter 16, verses 1-2: “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a minister of the church in Cenchreae, so that you may receive her in the Lord worthily of the saints and attend to her wherever she really needs you; for she was born the patroness of many, including me.”
Phoebe was a wonderful soul with many intellectual interests. That is why when the Apostle Paul visited Cenchreae, in Corinth, and preached the new doctrine, the doctrine of Christ, the noble Phoebe clung to the preacher of Christ with devotion. With such devotion, as Lydia in Philippi and as Priscilla in Corinth. And she became a tireless collaborator of the great Apostle in the mission, in the world of women.
Phoebe is the first woman mentioned as a Deaconess in the New Testament. It was a ministry entrusted to her by the Apostle of Christ. And he seemed worthy of the relevant mission. She fully responded to the expectations of her spiritual Master, as a result of which she took a prominent place in his heart, which beat ceaselessly for Christ.
The Apostle Paul surrounded his faithful and devoted collaborator of the Church of Cenchreae with great trust. He could entrust her with all his toil and toil for the Gospel of Christ. And he proved this in practice. Thus, when he wrote in Corinth his letter “to the Romans” and needed to send it to the Church of Rome, in the hands of Phoebe he entrusted it. He commissioned her to convey this spiritual treasure to the Christians of Rome. And she carried her safely.
Few souls showed great, unbounded devotion to the Apostle Paul. And among these few, the good Saint Phoebe holds an excellent position. In fact, when her spiritual Master was endangered in Cenchreae by the enemies of the Gospel, she protected him. He completely secured him from all danger. And this Apostle of Christ noted this act of his associate. He noted it in his “to the Romans” letter. He wrote there: “…and for this patroness of many she was born to me as well” (Rom. ist, 2). In this same letter he also calls her his sister, his spiritual sister.
An excellent collaborator of the great Apostle of the Nations, so Phoebe. Collaborator with a message to all souls: To aspire to become collaborators of the preachers of the Gospel, who walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul and toil in the ministry of the mission.
Day length: 12 hours 56 minutes
7 day moon