Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Twelve Apostles

June 30

Even though each of the Twelve Great Apostles has his own particular feast day during the year, the Church has set aside this day as a general feast of all the apostles together, and Paul with them. These are the names and the separate feast days of the Holy Twelve:

Peter June 29 and January 16
Andrew November 30
James the Son of Zebedee April 30
John the Theologian September 26 and May 8
Philip November 14
Bartholomew June 11 and August 25
Thomas October 6
Matthew the Evangelist November 16
James the Son of Alphaeus October 9
Thaddaeus or Jude the Brother of James June 19
Simon the Zealot May 10
Matthias August 9
Paul June 29

Let us also recall how each of these, the most holy and selfless men in the history of the world, ended his earthly life:

—Peter was crucified upside down.
—Andrew was crucified.
—James the Son of Zebedee was beheaded.
—John the Theologian reposed in a miraculous manner.
—Philip was crucified.
—Bartholomew was crucified, flayed and beheaded.
—Thomas was pierced with five spears.
—Matthew the Evangelist was burned alive.
—James the son of Alphaeus was crucified.
—Thaddaeus or Jude the Brother of James was crucified.
—Simon the Zealot was crucified.
—Matthias was stoned and then beheaded after death.
—Paul was beheaded.

Source: St. Nikolai Velimirovic, The Prologue of Ohrid – Volume One.

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