Synaxis of the Seventy – The Mission’s First “Patronal Feast Day”

With the Feast! 

The Holy Apostles of the Seventy, being blessed for their mission by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holy Apostles of the Seventy, being blessed for their mission by our Lord Jesus Christ.

In between the glorious Great Feasts of Nativity and Theophany, on January 4th, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Seventy Holy Apostles sent out by our Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Luke 10.1). This day is known as the “Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles,” is one of the two main patronal Feast Days of our Holy Apostles Mission Station in Chilliwack, the other being the Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles, which the Church celebrates on June 30th. It is truly an honour to know that these faithful witnesses to the Good News are praying to the Lord for each of us. May we follow their examples as we serve the Lord together in the Fraser Valley – bearing God’s love and mercy to all we encounter.

In the ninth century St Joseph the Hymnographer composed the Canon for the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles of Christ. These are the two main hymns for this holy day:

Troparion (Tone 3)
Holy apostles of the Seventy,
entreat the merciful God
to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion (Tone 2)
O faithful, let us praise with hymns
the choir of the seventy disciples of Christ.
They have taught us all to worship the undivided Trinity,
for they are divine lamps of the Faith.

In future years, we will look forward to sharing this day as a community, in prayer and celebration.

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