May 09, 2011
Saint Hermas ~ A Patron For Obscurity
Saint Hermas is one of many Roman Christians that Saint Paul addressed by name in the 16th chapter of his Letter to the Romans. Not a lot is known for sure about this Hermas, but he is clustered with Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, and some other unnamed brothers.
A Cluster of Roman Christians
Some have wondered why these individuals were clumped together by Paul. Were they family members? Did they go to a house church together? Did they live in one region of Rome? Did they form some sort of an ancient religious community? It would be fun to know ...
Although Hermas is a largely unknown and obscure saint, he shares a Feast Day with an Old Testament great ... the Prophet Isaiah. Both Saint Hermas and Saint Isaiah the Prophet hold May 9 as their Feast Day.