This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 26 -- Feast of St. Timothy and St. Titus

In the auditorium of Portland High School, a quote from Paul's Second Letter to Timothy (2:15): "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." When they renovated, they did not paint over the quote, but to see it, you have to know where to look because it is obscured by some of the new fixtures.

Timothy and Titus were converted by Paul and traveled with him as he proselytized. Titus was also instrumental in Paul's debate with the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem -- as a Greek, he put a face on the debate about whether Gentiles should have to convert to Judaism before becoming Christian. Paul won the debate, sparing Titus a circumcision. Timothy, the son of a Jewish mother and Greek father, had not been so fortunate.

Titus became the first bishop of Crete, where he died and most of his relics remained. His head was taken to Venice in the ninth century. There probably wasn't enough of Timothy's head to take anywhere. He was chastising the people of Ephesus for their Dionysian rituals. They were all armed with clubs and beat him to death. What relics remained were later taken to Constantinople.

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