Feast of Sts. Phileas and Philoromus (February 5)   Leave a comment

Above:  Ruins of Mud Brick Structures at Thmuis, Egypt

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SAINTS PHILEAS AND PHILOROMUS (DIED 304 C.E.)

Roman Catholic Martyrs

Their feast transferred from February 4

St. Phileas was Bishop of Thmuis, Egypt, the city of his birth.  Arrested during the last empire-wide persecution of Christianity, he refused, under the threat of death, to sacrifice to pagan gods.  St. Philoromus, imperial treasurer at Alexandria, Egypt, had become a Christian through the efforts of St. Phileas.  He objected to the handling of the bishop’s case and also found himself under a death sentence.  Both men died by beheading.

When will authorities learn that killing adherents of a religion does not end the religion, but often swells its ranks instead?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

THE FEAST OF CHANNING MOORE WILLIAMS

THE FEAST OF JOHN BROWN, ABOLITIONIST

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Gracious God,

in every age you have sent men and women

who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.

Inspire us with the memory of Saints Phileas and Philoromus,

whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross,

and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives

to your Son’s victory over sin and death,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,

now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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Revised on November 27, 2016

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Posted December 2, 2011 by neatnik2009 in February, Saints of the 300s

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