Apostle Euodius of the Seventy

The Holy Apostle Euodius of the Seventy was the first bishop in Syrian Antioch after the holy Apostle Peter. His successor, the Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-Bearer (December 20), disciple of Saint John the Theologian, mentions him in his Letter to the Antiochians: “Remember your blessed father Euodius, who was made your first pastor by the Apostles.”

Saint Euodius served as bishop for 27 years and died as a martyr under the emperor Nero (54-68). Saint Euodius wrote several compositions. In one of them he writes that the Most Holy Virgin Mary gave birth to the Savior of the world at the age of fifteen.

Other writings of the saint have not survived. A book entitled THE STAR is mentioned by the fourteenth century church historian Nicephorus Callistus. Saint Euodius received the crown of martyrdom in the year 66.