Apostle Crescens of the Seventy

Saints Crescens, Silas, Silvanus, Epenetus and Andronicus were among the Seventy Apostles chosen and sent forth to preach by Christ (Luke 10:1).

The Holy Apostle Crescens is mentioned by the holy Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:10), who said that Crescens went to preach in Galatia. He was made bishop there, and afterwards he preached the Word of God in Gaul (modern-day France). In the city of Vienna (modern Austria) the holy Apostle Crescens established his disciple Zacharias as bishop. He returned to Galatia and died as a martyr under the emperor Trajan (98-117).

St Crescens is also commemorated on July 30 together with Saints Epenetus and Andronicus.