This Apostle, who was from Colossae, was a bond-servant of that Philemon to whom
the Apostle Paul addressed his epistle. Onesimus escaped from Philemon
and fled to Rome, where he became a disciple of Saint Paul. Saint Paul
brought him to the Faith of Christ, and then sent him back to his master,
who in turn gave him his freedom and sent him back to Rome again, where
he ministered to Saint Paul. Later, he was seized because he was a
Christian and was sent to Puteoli, where he was beaten to death with
clubs. Saint Onesimus is also commemorated on November 22 with the
holy Apostles Philemon, Apphia, and Archippus.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone:
O Holy Apostle Onesimus, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto
our souls forgiveness of offences.
Kontakion in the
Thou didst shine upon the world as a bright sunbeam, shining with the rays
of Paul, the sun of most resplendent light, who hath enlightened the world
entire. Thus, we all honour thee, blessed Onesimus.
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