Saint Epaphras of Colossae ~ A Patron For Being a Friend to Someone in Need

St. Paul in Prison by Rembrandt

Saint Epaphras (EP-a-fras) embraced Christianity and promoted it in Colossae as well as the neighboring towns of Laodicea and Hierapolis, in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey). 

He also visited Paul in prison, giving the great missionary wonderful comfort, no doubt.  When Paul wrote his “Letter to the Colossians,” (written while Paul was in prison) he mentioned that Epaphras was with him.
Saint Epaphras can remind us to cling to truth … even if it means being associated with a prisoner or outcast.  
Epaphras sends you greetings; he is one of you, a slave of Christ [Jesus], always striving for you in his prayers so that you may be perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.    
Colossians 4:12

Feast Day: July 19