Three Saints From Romans 16 ~ Herodion, Asyncritus, and Phlegon

Greet my relative Herodion.  Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon ...
~ Romans 16:11a, 14a
Romans 16 displays a long list of names that Paul greeted in his letter to the early Christians of Rome.  Interestingly, Paul had never been to Rome before writing this letter, but a Christian community had somehow been established there and Paul felt inspired to send them a letter of encouragement and instruction.  Three of the people listed in this last chapter of this letter are saints who are honored today (April 8):

St. Herodion - Romans 16:11a (Greet my relative Herodion) suggests a reasonable possibility that this saint was related to Paul.  Various resources have him listed as having been the Bishop of Tarsus (Paul's hometown), Neopatras, Patras, and Neoparthia.  Some traditions claim that he was beheaded in Rome on the same day that St. Peter was crucified.  It is also believed that he may have been one of the seventy[-two] sent out by Jesus (Luke 10:1)

St. Asyncritus - Probably became the Bishop of Hyrcania - a province along the southern edges of the Caspian Sea (which has also been known as the Hyrcanian Sea).  Some claim that he was also among the seventy [-two] sent in pairs to visit towns that Jesus planned to also visit.  (Luke 10:1)

St. Phlegon - Tradition tells that Phlegon became the Bishop of Marathon in Thrace (Greece) and like Herodion and Asyncritus was perhaps one of the seventy[-two] from Luke 10:1.

In honor of the Feast of Sts. Herodion, Asyncritus, and Phlegon - three bishops - perhaps April 8 is a good day to say a special prayer for our bishops!

Saints Herodion, Asyncritus, and Phlegon may very well
have been among the Christians who greeted
Paul upon his arrival to Rome. (Acts 28:14-15).

Saints Herodion, Asyncritus, and Phlegon share a Memorial with St. Agabus.
2004 Roman Martyrology - April 8 Entry

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