The Assembly of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Apostles.

Commemorated June 30 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Although each of the Twelve Apostles has his own Feast Day during the year, the Church has set aside this day for a general Feast of all of them together, including St Paul. The names and Feast Days of the Twelve are:

Peter June 29th and January 16th.
Andrew November 30th.
James the Son of Zebedee April 30th.
John the Theologian September 26th and May 8th.
Philip November 14th.
Bartholomew June 11th and August 25th
Thomas October 6th.
Matthew the Evangelist November 16th.
James the Son of Alphaeus October 9th.
Thaddeus (or Jude the brother of James) June 19th.
Simon the Zealot May 10th.
Matthias August 9th.
Paul June 29th.

Let us also remember here how these most holy and selfless men in the history of the world died and finished their earthly course:

Peter was crucified upside-down.

Andrew was crucified. James was beheaded.

John the Theologian died in a wondrous way.

Philip was crucified.

Bartholomew was crucified, then flayed and beheaded.

Thomas was pierced with five spears.

Matthew was burned by fire.

James the Son of Alphaeus was crucified Thaddeus was crucified.

Simon the Zealot was crucified.

Matthias was stoned, then beheaded with an axe when dead.

Paul was beheaded.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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