5 Lesser-Known Biblical Deacons: Saints Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch

The Consecration of the First Seven Deacons
by Fra Angelico

The first seven verses of the 6th chapter of The Acts of the Apostles shares how the apostles began to feel overwhelmed as The Church in Jerusalem began to grow.  It was decided that help was needed so that the apostles could better concentrate on preaching the news of Christ.  So, with the help of disciples, seven well-respected, wise, and Spirit-filled men were chosen to help out the apostles with some routine tasks, freeing The Twelve up for spreading The Word.

Out of these seven men, the first deacons of the The Church, the Bible offers plenty of information on Stephen and Philip.

However, little is mentioned on the other five.  Fortunately, some historical records and stories about their lives have offered a bit of information.  These lesser-known five deacons share July 28 as a feast day:

St. Prochorus   (PROK-o-rus)
Scripture offers very little about St. Prochorus, outside of the fact that he was filled with the Spirit and respected by many early Christian-Jews.  Some claim that he was one of the 70 appointed by Christ (Luke 10:1-20) and later became the bishop of  Nicomedia.

St. Nicanor   (ny-KAY-nor)
The Orthodox Church holds that Nicanor suffered with St. Stephen when Stephen was stoned to death.  St. Nicanor may also have been one of the 70 mentioned in Luke 10.

St. Timon   (TIE-mon)
The Coptic Orthodox Church asserts that St. Timon had the gifts of healing the sick and banishing evil forces, and was martyred in Greece.

St. Parmenas   (PAR-me-nas)
Besides helping out with the needy Jewish-Christians in Jerusalem, and being known as a good man, some claim that Parmenas preached in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and was martyred in Philippi, Macedonia (ruins in modern Greece).

St. Nicholas of Antioch
Acts 6:5 offers a little bit of extra information on Nicholas.  We know he was from Antioch (of Syria or Pisidia ... two different areas of Asia Minor ... but Antioch of Syria was closer to Jerusalem).  We also know that he was a convert to Judaism.  Little credible information has been written about St. Nicholas of Antioch outside of what is offered in Scripture.

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