The Feast Day of the Blessed Agapetos Beloved Companion
Today October 21st we are going to do something unilaterally as a portion of the Christ’s Flock and name this day “The Feast of Agapetos, Beloved Companion of St Cornelius” after the Gospel Reading in the Russain/OCA Lectionary that records the healing of the Centurion’s Beloved whose name we give as Agapetos. According to some scholars among them Dr Bruce Joffe the Centurion’s name is Claudius and he is the same Claudius that was at the Foot of the Cross and who was ordained by St Peter. We will use the Byzantine Liturgical hymn or Collect for the Feast of St Cornelius, with the addition of his beloved one we call St Agapetos, that is celebrated in September in the Orthodox Kalendar. In the Roman Rite it is the Feast of the Franciscan James of Strepar. Ironically in the Coptic Church it is the Feast Day of the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St Sergius who was the Beloved Companion of St Bacchus. These gay saints belong to the Great Cloud of Witnesses and our Holy Friends and Companions in our journeys of faith. May they and all the Saints known and unknown pray with us and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen!
Kontakion, amended, – Tone 4
O Divinely minded Cornelius,
The Church, receiving you and Blessed Agapetos as a blessed first-fruit of the Gentiles,
Is enlightened by your holy lives,
For you and your Beloved Companion are a perfect witnesses of the Mysteries!
The Gospel Luke 7:i110 A Gentile A Roman Officer of Occupation A Gay Man with his Companion who is suffering and Jesus says no one in the House of Israel, you know the acceptable folke, the “good Christian folke”, the evangelical folke have faith such as this man! He or she that hath ears let them hear!!!!!!!
1Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum.2And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die.3So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant.4And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving,5for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.6Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof.7Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.8For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.9When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”10And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
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